Penguin Michael Joseph signs Weaver's 'most ambitious novel yet'

Penguin Michael Joseph signs Weaver's 'most ambitious novel yet'

Penguin Michael Joseph will publish two new books from crime author Tim Weaver, including his first standalone novel. 

Maxine Hitchcock, publishing director of fiction at Penguin Michael Joseph, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Camilla Bolton at the Darley Anderson Agency.

Weaver is the author of the David Raker series which was launched by Penguin in 2011 with Chasing the Dead and now comprises 10 novels. The new standalone title, Missing Pieces, will be published in hardback on 1st April 2021.

Described as a "twisty thriller about survival, family and retribution", Missing Pieces will follow Rebekah Murphy who has been left for dead and stranded on an island, hunted for the knowledge she supposedly holds. But what's waiting at home is even more chilling and surviving the island may have been the easy part. 

Hitchcock said: "Missing Pieces is Tim’s biggest, best, most ambitious novel yet – and that is saying something. Over his previous 10 novels he has established himself as one of the shining stars of the crime and thriller world, one who finds new fans with every book. Missing Pieces will be one of Michael Joseph’s most exciting publications and campaigns of the coming year and propel him to even greater heights."

Weaver commented: "I'm thrilled to be publishing my first standalone novel, Missing Pieces, in April. I still love writing David Raker – and am, in fact, in the middle of Raker 11 at the moment –– but it's been so exciting getting to know Rebekah this year, and I can't wait for readers to meet her. As always, I'm delighted to be published by the team at Michael Joseph whose hard work, dedication and all-round brilliance has, over the past 10 years, allowed me to live out my dream of being a writer."