The 2009 novel, published by Vintage, is about a detective inspector who has fled to Miami following a mental breakdown. In Florida, a coke-fuelled binge brings him into contact with 10-year-old Tianna, a victim of a sex crime, which brings back memories of a harrowing child-sex murder case back in Edinburgh.
The TV adaptation will be produced by Tony Wood, head of Buccaneer Media, and written by Welsh with his screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh. It will be shot in Florida.
Announcing the news at Mipcom in France, Wood said Welsh is “a true literary buccaneer whose work defines our generation. It’s thrilling to be bringing talent of this calibre to television drama.”