Angry Robot has bought a paranormal fantasy about a woman who can foresee how someone will die, just by touching them.
Editor Lee Harris bought world English rights to Blackbirds and Mockingbird across all formats by Chuck Wendig from Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Agency. The first book will be published in May 2012.
The book follows Miriam Black, who is able to earn a living from her supernatural gift. However, she soon has to use her powers to save someone, but at a great personal cost.
Harris said: "Blackbirds was one of those stories that grabbed me from the first page. Chuck's an amazing writer, and I'm thrilled we're going to be able to take his series to a global readership."