Hodder & Stoughton has bought two books by debut novelist and ex-scientist David Ramirez.
Anne Perry bought UK rights The Forever Watch and another book in a deal negotiated by Jenny Meyer of Jenny Meyer Literary Agency on behalf of Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency.
The Forever Watch follows The Noah, a city-sized ship which is halfway through an 800-year voyage to another planet.
When a man is murdered, mid-level bureaucrat Hana Dempsey, who is genetically modified to use The Noah’s telepathic internet, begins to investigate.
Her search for the truth will uncover a serial killer who has been operating on board for a lifetime - or longer.
Perry said: “Rarely have I read such a sophisticated, ambitious debut novel.
“The Forever Watch is a veritable puzzle-box of wheels within wheels within wheels, forcing the reader to peel away layer after layer until the final, extraordinary reveal.
“Add to that a pulse-pounding plot and wholly unforgettable characterisation, and it’s not long before you realise that you’re in the hands of a true master.”
Meyer said: “Hodder & Stoughton are masters of publishing books that transcend genre, which perfectly describes David’s debut. UK readers are in for a treat.”
Ramirez was once a molecular biologist who worked on the Human Genome Project. He divides his time between Oakland, California, and Manila, Philippines.
The Forever Watch will be published on 1st May.