Pan Macmillan has poached Ronnie "The Rocket" O’Sullivan after his debut, Framed, published last year with Orion. Pan Macmillan will publish his sequel, Double Kiss, in November.
The follow-up will take readers back to the summer of Euro ‘96 and gangland Soho, drawing on the five-time world snooker champion's own personal experiences of Soho, his parents’ time in prison and of the hedonistic ‘90s club scene.
Like Framed, Double Kiss will again follow protagonist Frankie James "struggling to stay out of trouble". But while Framed was about the "dog-eat-dog underworld" of 1980s Soho, its sequel will be set in the '90s.
Victoria Hughes-Williams, senior commissioning editor, acquired world rights (excluding China) in a two-book deal, from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown. Author Emlyn Rees, who also worked on Framed, will again be collaborating with O'Sullivan to write the book.
O’Sullivan said: "When Jonny suggested I come to Pan Macmillan with the new crime series, I was really up for it, because I love working in the book industry, everyone is so passionate about what they do. The team at Pan Mac are great and I can't wait to work with Emlyn Rees again after the success of Framed and will look forward to November when Double Kiss hits the shops."
Hughes-Williams said: "We were bowled over by Ronnie’s infectious energy and warmth when he visited Pan Mac last week. He’s a legend of the snooker, and indeed sporting, world but his enthusiasm for books, and his commitment to making Double Kiss a success, was genuinely exciting. We could not be more delighted to welcome him to Pan Mac."
Double Kiss will publish in hardback on 16th November 2017. Pan Macmillan will also publish the audio edition to his first book in the series, Framed, on 15th June 2017, read by Nick Moran.