Faber signs Scottish thriller writer Johnstone

<p>Faber has signed Scottish author Doug Johnstone&rsquo;s <em>Smokeheads</em> as part of a two-book deal that sees him leave former publisher Penguin. </p><p>The deal, world rights for an undisclosed sum, was conducted via Allan Guthrie at Jenny Brown Associations. <em>Smokeheads</em> will be published in late spring 2011, with a second book to publish the following year. </p><p>Faber described <em>Smokeheads</em> as &ldquo;&rsquo;Sideways&rsquo; meets &lsquo;Shallow Grave&rsquo; with a hint of &lsquo;The Wicker Man&rsquo;... a classic &lsquo;what if?&rsquo; thriller&rdquo;, in which four old Edinburgh friends go on a distillery tour trip that goes &ldquo;seriously awry&rdquo;. </p><p>Acquiring editor Angus Cargill said: &ldquo;[It&rsquo;s] a wickedly dark trip into the Scottish Highlands, which will be huge fun to publish. We&rsquo;re thrilled to bring Doug Johnstone onto the Faber crime list with this move toward more explicitly genre based fiction.&rdquo;</p><p>Johnstone&rsquo;s two previous novels - <em>Tombstoning</em> and <em>The Ossians</em> - were both published by Penguin and set in contemporary Scotland. </p>