Century has bought Romanian author EO Chirovici’s The Book of Mirrors in a “hotly contested” auction.
Editor Francesca Pathak acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Marilia Savvides at PFD.
The book has now been sold in 13 countries with auctions ongoing in five others. The Bookseller previously reported the attention the book was getting from publishers across Europe.
Pathak said: “The Book of Mirrors is a truly brilliant book which grabbed me from the first page. This is going to be a huge debut launch for us.”
The book follows New York literary agent Peter Katz, who receives a partial book submission entitled 'The Book of Mirrors'. Its author, Richard Flynn, is apparently writing a memoir about his time as an English student at Princeton in the late 1980s, documenting his relationship with psychology student Laura Baines, protégée of the famous Professor Joseph Wieder.
One night just before Christmas 1987, Wieder was brutally murdered in his home and the case was never solved. Now, 25 years later, Katz suspects that Flynn is either using his book to confess to the murder, or to finally reveal who committed the violent crime.
But Flynn is dying in hospital, so Katz assigns the case to his friend, investigative journalist John Keller. His investigation inspires retired police detective Roy Freeman, one of the original investigators assigned to the murder case, to try and solve the case once and for all.
Chirovici said: “I’m very excited to be a part of the Century list and overwhelmed by the incredible international response to The Book of Mirrors.”
The Book of Mirrors will be published as a Century hardback in January 2017, with an Arrow paperback to follow.