Orion has signed up a series of crime novels from author Harry Bingham, who has previously written fiction and non-fiction for HarperCollins.
Deputy publishing director Bill Massey made the deal for UK and Commonwealth rights in three crime novels through Bill Hamilton at A M Heath. The series will feature character DC Fiona Griffiths, described as "a young woman with a shadowy father, a mysterious illness, and a peculiar empathy for the dead".
Massey said: "Harry Bingham has always been a tremendously compelling storyteller and now he's come up with a crime series with genuinely bestselling potential. Fiona Griffiths is the most original character I've come across in years and I think readers are going to be completely beguiled by her."
The first title, Talking to the Dead, will be published in spring 2012.