Sphere has acquired two novels by debut author Mark Hardie, who began writing full-time after losing his eyesight in 2002.
Jade Chandler, senior editor for Sphere Fiction, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Burned and Broken and its sequel from Juliet Mahony and Sarah Lutyens at Lutyens & Rubinstein.
Burned and Broken introduces detectives DS Frank Pearson and DC Cat Russell, with the story revolving around the death of an enigmatic cop, who has been found burned to a cinder in his car, and a young woman who has just left the care system and is trying to find out the truth behind the suspicious death of her best friend.
Chandler said: “I knew from the first page of Burned and Broken that I was in the hands of a perceptive, intelligent writer and I was delighted to unravel the novel’s excellent, twisting crime plot as I read on. Reading Mark’s writing is a completely immersive experience; the compelling characters and outstanding setting are all conjured beautifully with descriptions that appeal to all five senses.”
Mahony said: “Mark’s writing had me hooked instantly, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with Pearson and Russell as the series continues.”
Burned and Broken will be published in first formats in 2016, with a mass market paperback following in 2017.