Pan Macmillan has acquired the first standalone thriller from crime writer Mari Hannah.
Publishing director Wayne Brookes bought UK and Commonwealth rights including Canada to The Silent Room from Oli Munson at A M Heath.
Hannah is the author of a series of novels, published by Pan Macmillan, featuring DCI Kate Daniels. TV rights for the series recently sold to Sprout Pictures, which is owned by Gina Carter and Stephen Fry.
The Silent Room features a new cast of characters, and is being described by Hannah as an “exciting departure” from her previous work.
Brookes said: “Mari Hannah is an incredibly gifted storyteller and this novel shows exactly how talented she is. The Kate Daniels series is crime-writing at its best, but this new novel shows that she knows exactly what to do with a bigger canvas. The characters are rich in depth and the plotting is flawless. Her current fans will love this book, and it’s sure to bring many more on board.”
Munson said: “The Silent Room – as with all of Mari’s novels – has that unputdownable quality which is the hallmark of all great thrillers.”
The Silent Room will be published in hardback in November 2015 with a mass-market paperback edition to follow in September 2016.