Picador acquires New York tale of murder, sex and obsession

Picador acquires New York tale of murder, sex and obsession

Picador has acquired rights to Little Deaths by Emma Flint, a story of “murder, sex and obsession” set during a heatwave in 1960s New York.

Francesca Main, editorial director at Picador, bought UK & Commonwealth rights to Little Deaths and a second untitled novel by Flint from Jo Unwin at Jo Unwin Literary Agency. A US deal is soon to be announced.

Inspired by a true crime story, Little Deaths tells the tale of Ruth Malone, a recently divorced cocktail hostess, who wakes one morning to discover her children are missing. Soon her every movement is being “mercilessly dissected” by the police, the press and the public at large. But who is Ruth when no-one is watching – a “murderer, a femme fetale, an innocent?”

Main said: “Little Deaths is a dark, stylish and unforgettable debut novel with a gripping plot, richly evocative setting and a powerfully complex anti-heroine.  It is that dream combination of a story you can’t put down and writing to revel in.  Emma Flint is an electrifying new talent and we’re thrilled to welcome her to Picador.”

Flint completed the ‘Writing a Novel’ course at Faber Academy in July 2013 and was offered representation by nine UK agents on the strength of the first three chapters of Little Deaths.

Little Deaths will be published as a Picador hardback in Spring 2017.