Oneworld's literary crime imprint Point Blank has acquired three more titles in Will Dean's Tuva Moodyson series for six-figures in a "substantial" deal.
Following the success of Dean's debut, Dark Pines, published by Point Blank in January 2018, and in advance of the "highly anticipated" sequel Red Snow in January 2019, Oneworld’s bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Snake River and two more untitled novels by Dean from Kate Burke at Diane Banks Associates.
To publish in January 2020, Snake River is the third thriller in the Tuva Moodyson series, featuring deaf reporter Tuva Moodyson. After living clean in southern Sweden for several months, Tuva receives a life-changing phone call – her best friend Tammy has gone missing and police fear she’s been kidnapped – and Tuva must return to her home town to help the investigation.
Dean said: "Oneworld and Point Blank have published Dark Pines with great energy and passion, and I’m delighted to continue working with Jenny Parrott on three more Tuva Moodyson novels. I’m thrilled too that readers seemed to have taken Tuva to their hearts and I can’t wait to think of some really exciting storylines for her."
Point Blank publishing director Jenny Parrott said she was "elated" to have signed more novels from Dean, adding that he was a "superstar in the making, with an uncanny knack of making the reader feel he is writing just for them, and with a brilliant heroine in Tuva and some cracking mystery storytelling that really sets this series apart".
She said: "We are looking forward to our mass market paperback of Dark Pines this July, and we have been looking for a writer to show the trade that Point Blank means business as a literary crime publisher who can deliver both on sales and quality, and really grow an author into a brand; and with Will I absolutely don’t think we could have done better."
Burke added: "I’m delighted to have this new deal in place with Oneworld. 2018 is already shaping up to be a huge year for Will and this series, and Oneworld is doing a fabulous job on these books. German rights to Dark Pines have already been sold and we have more exciting rights news to announce soon."
Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying Law at LSE, and working many varied jobs in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife.