Pan Macmillan has signed two new standalone novels from bestselling author Peter James.
Wayne Brookes, associate publisher, fiction at Pan Macmillan, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for two new novels from Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann.
The crime fiction and thriller author's new novels will be published by Pan Macmillan in October 2021 and October 2022 in hardback.
Pan Macmillan have published James’s Detective Superintendent Roy Grace novels since 2005. To date his books have sold 4.37 million books for £24.2m, through BookScan with his bestseller Not Dead Enough at 239,636 copies sold in paperback, and has a total of 14 Sunday Times number ones and has been translated into 37 languages. His most recent standalone novel, Absolute Proof (Pan Macmillan), was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club 2019. It was released in paperback in July and has sold more than 50,000 copies in its first five weeks.
Brookes said: "It’s been almost a decade since I started working with the extremely talented Peter James on his bestselling Roy Grace series. However, I was a fan of Peter’s earlier non-Grace novels long before I became his publisher. With Absolute Proof riding high in the charts right now we know Peter’s fans are hungry for new thrillers as well as Roy Grace novels, and I am more than happy to give the reading public exactly what they want.|
James added: "I love writing my Roy Grace novels and I’m constantly asked by my fans if I could write more than one a year! But there are some themes that deeply interest me which I can’t explore as fully as I’d like within a long-running series. I love the refreshing challenge of tackling different subjects while entertaining my readers and I’m delighted that Pan Macmillan are signing up two more standalones now – I can’t wait to share them!"