Harvill Secker acquires Soderberg crime trilogy

Harvill Secker acquires Soderberg crime trilogy

Harvill Secker has acquired a Swedish crime trilogy by television scriptwriter Alexander Soderberg.

Publishing director Liz Foley bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in the series, The Andalucian Friend, from Leyla Belle Drake from the Sweden-based Salmonsson Agency. The deal is part of a group Random House world English-language deal, with Crown to publish in the US and Random House of Canada in Canada.

The Andalucian Friend is the first book in the series following Sophie, a Swedish nurse and single mother, who becomes involved in a conflict between two powerful crime syndicates and a group of corrupt police officers.

Foley said: "Alexander Soderberg's The Andalucian Friend is an incredibly sophisticated and compelling thriller and we are very excited to have acquired this novel and the next two books in the trilogy for Harvill Secker. We look forward to working with our colleagues at Random House in the US and Canada to make Alexander a worldwide sensation."

Soderberg is a television scriptwriter, with his work including the TV adaptations of Camilla Lackberg and Ake Edwardsson's novels. Rights in the series have already been sold in hotly-contested auctions in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Norway and Denmark.