Crime writer James Oswald has signed a “significant six-figure” deal for two new books in his Inspector McLean series with Michael Joseph.
Publishing director Alex Clarke bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to the books from Juliet Mushens of UTA.
Oswald’s first Inspector McLean book, Natural Causes, was published by Penguin in 2013, and altogether five books have been published so far.
The first book in the new deal will be published in February 2017 in hardback, with the second following in 2018.
Clarke said: “We’re absolutely thrilled here at Michael Joseph to sign two further novels from James Oswald. The Inspector McLean series has firmly put James on the map as one of the finest new crime novelists of his generation. He writes with a sophistication and humanity that truly marks him out as a master story-teller – we’re delighted to be able to continue the partnership, and delighted to be the publisher to bring these amazing novels to an every growing audience.”
Oswald said: “I am absolutely delighted to be writing more Inspector McLean books. The runaway success of the series has been in no small part down to the brilliant team at Penguin. I’m very pleased to be working with them to take Tony McLean even further down Edinburgh’s dark streets.”
Mushens said: “James is one of the nicest, as well as one of the most talented, writers in the business – he’s a livestock farmer and spent his first advance on a tractor, so maybe this time around he can buy two.”
Oswald's books have sold 298,816 copies through Nielsen BookScan to date.