HC acquires debut series by ex-Met officer

HarperCollins has signed a three-book crime thriller series written by debut author and former Metropolitan police detective Luke Delaney.

In her first acquisition for HC, fiction publisher Kate Elton, along with deputy publishing director Sarah Hodgson and David Highfill at William Morrow in the US, bought world English language rights in the three titles through a "fiercely contested" five-way auction held by Simon Trewin at United Agents. HC will publish the first novel, Senseless, which features DI Sean Corrigan on the case of an unusually vicious murderer, in early 2013.

Elton said: "I’m hugely excited to have made my first acquisition at HarperFiction. Luke Delaney has not only written a fabulously gripping and accomplished crime debut, but he also brings a fascinating authenticity to the genre which gives him a genuinely stand-out position in the market."

Translation rights have already been sold by United Agents to Mondadori in Italy, Luebbe in Germany, Unieboek in the Netherlands, Rocco in Brazil and Cappelen Damm in Norway.