Pushkin Vertigo has acquired a new crime trilogy from Swedish debut author Martin Holmén.
The publisher acquired world English rights, excluding Australia New Zealand, from Bonnier Rights.
The “gritty” trilogy is set in poverty-stricken and divided 1930s Stockholm, and follows the adventures of Harry Kvist, a bi-sexual former boxer and debt collector, as he moves through the city’s underworld.
The first book in the series is called Clinch.
Daniel Seton, commissioning editor at Pushkin Vertigo, said: “Clinch is a pacey, intelligent, and frequently shocking thriller, told in a wonderfully original voice. Holmén’s vision of a seedy 1930s Stockholm is utterly convincing, and will be a surprise for crime fans more used to reading about the wealthy, egalitarian capital city of today. Until now Pushkin Vertigo has focused on vintage crime and thrillers, but Clinch’s outstanding quality and pre-war setting make it an ideal first contemporary title for our list.’
Clinch will be published by Pushkin Vertigo in 2016.