Bonnier Zaffre has acquired three dark psychological thrillers by debut Canadian author S H Kamal.
Mark Smith, c.e.o. and Kate Parkin, executive director for adult fiction, bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Danny Baror at Baror International on behalf of the Irene Goodman Agency. Both Smith and Parkin read the first title, Deep Current, overnight, pre-empting the rights within 24 hours.
Deep Current introduces the “unforgettably raw” voice of Nora Watts – described by Bonnier Zaffre as "brilliant, fearless, chaotic, and deeply flawed – a protagonist who gives Lisbeth Salander a run for her money".
Smith said: "I couldn’t put this down. It’s a conspiracy thriller on a grand scale, with twists and turns abounding, and a great setting in the harsh Canadian wilderness. I defy readers not to be drawn in – Kate and I were blown away by the power of Kamal’s story-telling."
Kamal commented: "I am absolutely thrilled to be published by Bonnier Zaffre. It was a dream come true to get the news that Mark and Kate have responded to my work so strongly and I couldn't ask for a more experienced, passionate team of industry professionals to build my debut trilogy with."
Kamal holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness. Deep Current is inspired by this and by Kamal’s most recent work as a researcher in to crime and investigative journalism for the film and television industry.
Deep Current will publish in spring 2017.