Pan Mac acquires two from Bonner

Pan Macmillan has acquired two psychological thrillers by Hilary Bonner, with the author previously published by Cornerstone.

Publishing director Wayne Brookes bought world rights for The Cruellest Game and an as-yet-untitled novel from Tony Peake of Peake Associates. Pan Macmillan plans to publish the first title in 2013.

The Cruellest Game follows an apparently perfect family, tracing the "calamitous sequence of events" which follow "unexpected revelations of lies and duplicity".

Brookes said: "When I head that Hilary wanted to write another thriller, I couldn't have been happier. She's the queen of the twist in the tale and The Cruellest Game is a fabulous example of expert plotting. Hilary is a wonderful storyteller and is the perfect fit for Pan Mac."

Bonner is the former showbusiness editor of the Daily Mirror and the Mail on Sunday, and is a former chair of the Crime Writers' Association. She is the author of nine novels and five works of non-fiction.