Polygon buys novel by Private Eye contributor

Polygon buys novel by Private Eye contributor

Polygon has bought a novel by the Private Eye writer and cartoonist Barry Fantoni.

Publishing director Neville Moir bought UK & Commonwealth rights to Harry Lipkin through David Riding of MBA Literary Agents. The book, described as "an intoxicating blend of Raymond Chandler and Woody Allen", is about the world's oldest private eye, who is based in modern-day Miami. It will be published as a small format hardback in summer 2012.

Moir said: "Barry Fantoni may just have created the funniest detective story of the year and we are delighted to reach a deal with MBA. A book as charming, witty and compassionate as this will sit well beside Alexander McCall Smith on our 2012 list."

Fantoni retired from Private Eye in December, after working there for 47 years.