Pan Macmillan has picked up the Red Queen series by Juan Gómez-Jurado, a trilogy of books that have been huge bestsellers in Spain.
Publishing director Gillian Green has acquired British Commonwealth rights in an exclusive submission from Chris Scheina, assistant director of subsidiary rights at St Martin’s Press.
The trilogy—Red Queen, Black Wolf and White King—has sold more than 1.5 million copies in Spain alone, Pan Mac said, and is described as “'Killing Eve' meets Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. It follows an exceptionally gifted, unconventional crime-scene analyst Antonia Scott, known as the Red Queen, who reluctantly partners with a disgraced detective to solve a series of grisly murders.
Red Queen has spent 115 weeks in the bestseller listin Spain, and was the most read book in the nation for the second consecutive year in 2020. It has sold more than 650,000 copies since it was first published, Pan Mac said.
Pan Macmillan will publish Red Queen in hardback and export trade paperback in spring 2023, with the other books in the series to come a year apart.
Green said: "The Red Queen trilogy has rightly become a cult phenomenon in Spain and we’re delighted to be bringing this highly addictive thriller series to the UK. Antonia Scott is the most original thriller protagonist I’ve encountered for some time and the distinctive dash of gallows humour, sprinkled liberally throughout the series, is sure to endear Juan’s writing to a whole new readership here in the UK.”