Mulholland Books has acquired a crime series by a 21-year-old medical student.
Senior editor Ruth Tross acquired British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to The Hollow Men and another book by Rob McCarthy from Jane Gregory at Gregory & Company.
The Hollow Men follows Dr Harry Kent, a war veteran and police surgeon. After a hostage situation on a London estate goes violently wrong, Harry must work with the police to protect the 17-year-old boy at the heart of the case, and it soon becomes clear that someone in the medical world, someone Harry may even know, has broken the doctors’ commandment ‘do no harm’ may times over.
Tross said: “The Hollow Men gripped me from the first page: it’s a completely fresh take on the procedural genre, with exciting medical drama melding perfectly with a murder investigation. I didn’t know how young Rob McCarthy was when I offered, and I still can’t really credit it – it’s such a confident debut, with a main character people will love. I’m so excited to have the chance to introduce crime fans to a new author with a glittering – and long! – career ahead of him.”
Hodder & Stoughton imprint Mulholland will publish The Hollow Men in hardback in spring 2016.