Serpent's Tail has signed the sixth book in Northern Irish crime-writer Adrian McKinty's Sean Duffy series, Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly.
Rebecca Gray, commissioning editor at Serpent’s Tail, acquired world rights (excluding audio) to the title, which will be published in January 2017.
McKinty said: "After a glassy eyed pub crawl through Soho with the Serpent’s Tail lot I found that I had signed a contract for a sixth Sean Duffy novel. Apparently the thing was iron-clad and unassailable which is why I find myself jurisprudentially chained to my laptop and hard at work on Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly - a title that brings me nine words closer to the contract's merciful termination. But seriously, I couldn't be happier to be working again with them for the newest Sean Duffy novel."
Gray added: "After an evening out with Adrian we woke up to a contract, signed and sealed, that he now claims we forced him to sign. I’m not above cajoling authors to do things they’re not sure about, but in this case the evidence suggests he wants to write this book as much as we want to read it. We love him – and his undeniably attractive anti-hero Sean Duffy – perhaps significantly more than he says he loves us, but I like to think he’s just playing it cool. Either way, we’ve gone all out for McKinty and Duffy, and will be doing so for Rain Dogs in January 2016, and then for Police At The Station and They Don’t Look Friendly the year after. As soon as we’ve worked out how to fit the title on the cover."
The fifth book, Rain Dogs, will be published by Serpent's Tail on 21st January 2016. All the previous Sean Duffy titles have also been published by Serpent's Tail.