Newly launched independent Orenda Books has signed three books from a Norwegian crime writer, following the launch of the publisher at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Karen Sullivan, the former managing editor at Arcadia Books, signed world English rights for three titles by Gunnar Staalesen, We Shall Inherit the Wind, No One is Safe in Danger, and Where Roses Never Die. The deal was done with Henrik Francke at Gyldendal Agency, and the books will be translated by Don Bartlett, who has previously translated works by Jo Nesbo and Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Staalsen was previously published in the UK by Arcadia.
Sullivan said: "This is a landmark signing for Orenda, and I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to publish Gunnar Staalesen, who is not only one of the finest international crime writers around, but undeniably a father of Nordic noir. Author of over 25 crime thrillers featuring Bergen PI Varg Veum, the time is ripe for Gunnar to achieve the worldwide recognition he deserves."
We Shall Inherit the Wind will be published in June 2015, with the other titles following in 2016 and 2017. Staalesen will make festival appearances to promote the titles.