Severn House has signed the 10th novel in David Hewson's "highly acclaimed" Nic Costa series entitled The Savage Shore, the imprint's first acquistion since being bought by Canongate earlier this month.
Kate Lyall Grant, publisher at Severn House, acquired World English rights in The Savage Shore from Alice Lutyens at Curtis Brown. The title will be published in hardback in July 2018 and the novel will form part of the Severn House mass-market paperback list, due to be launched in Spring 2019.
Roman police detective Nic Costa has been sent undercover to Italy’s beautiful, remote Calabrian coast to bring in the head of the feared mob, the ‘Ndrangheta, who has offered to turn state witness. Finding themselves out of their depth in a lawless part of Italy where they are the outcasts, not the men in the hills, with their shotguns and rough justice, Costa and his team come to the shocking realization that there is a traitor in their midst, a discovery which threatens to pitch them as much against one another as the mob.
Lyall Grant said: "From its dramatic opening scene, David Hewson’s complex and atmospheric thriller, with its multi-faceted characters and steady but increasing build-up of suspense, drew me in right away, and kept me glued to the page. I couldn’t be more delighted to be welcoming an author of David’s reputation and calibre to the new-look Severn House list. We have exciting plans for the future, and I’m so thrilled David is going to be a key part of them."
Hewson said: "Ever since Nic Costa went on vacation eight years ago, readers around the world have been begging me for his return. It’s a delight to place that book, The Savage Shore, in the experienced and enthusiastic hands of Severn House in this new chapter of its life with Canongate. I’ve long been an admirer of both for their original, innovative and independent approach."