Serial killers to Piatkus

<p>Piatkus has bought six new &quot;hard-edged&quot; suspense titles&mdash;with added romance&mdash;from New York Times bestselling writer Allison Brennan. </p><p>The deal, for a &quot;very good&quot; sum, is for three paperback originals and three hardbacks and was done with Lara Allen at Trident Media. &quot;We don&#39;t like doing things by halves,&quot; said fiction editorial director Gillian Green. &quot;We don&#39;t like to buy books&mdash;we buy authors. And we had been watching her for a while.&quot;</p><p>Piatkus will publish the first three books&mdash;<em>Killing Fear</em>, <em>Silent Scream</em> and <em>Dying Breath</em>&mdash;in March, August and October 2008; the second series will appear in 2009, simultaneously with the US. <em>Killing Fear</em> is the story of ex-stripper Sydney Dahl, who helped to put a serial killer on death row. The killer has escaped and is vengeful.</p><p>&quot;Allison is on the verge of being really big in the US, and I think she could be equally huge over here,&quot; said Green, who compared her to Tami Hoag and Tess Gerritsen. &quot;Marketing [is] to be confirmed but we will be doing a big number on her.&quot;</p>