H&S acquires four novels by Vichi

<p>Hodder &amp; Stoughton have bought the rights to four &quot;brilliantly evocative&quot; novels by Italian author Marco Vichi.<br /><br />Francesca Best, assistant editor, acquired World English language rights from Marie Louise Zarmanian at Ugo Guanda Editore. The four titles are part of the <em>Commissario Bordelli</em> crime series, which is set in Florence in the 1960s. Hodder will publish the first book in the series in spring 2011.<br /><br />Best said: &quot;We&#39;re thrilled to be publishing these brilliantly evocative novels. They&#39;re packed with intriguing characters - not least Inspector Bordelli himself, a Chandlerian hero tormented by memories of the war, and particularly characterised by his compassion towards society&#39;s underdogs. And the series is perfect for crime readers who like Italian food or culture.&quot;</p>