Sphere has won a multiple-publisher auction to publish Twelve Secrets, the first title in a crime series by Rob Gold — a pseudonym for PRH Group sales director Rob Waddington.
Publishing director Ed Wood and editor Rosanna Forte acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Juliet Mushens at Mushens Entertainment in a two-book, six-figure deal.
Twelve Secrets – set to be Sphere's lead crime debut for spring 2022 — will follow Ben Harper as he sets out to discover the truth about the shocking crime that ruptured his family and community 12 years earlier. When another murder brings new evidence to light, Ben finds himself tangled in a web of secrets that throws his whole life into chaos.
Forte said: "Twelve Secrets is a breathless read. Deftly plotted, superbly paced and unpredictable at every turn, it rivals the finest examples of the genre and I am delighted to be bringing it and Rob to Sphere."
Wood added: "No twist goes unexplored in what must be the paciest, most brilliantly plotted novel in years. Twelve Secrets is incredibly smart."
Waddington commented: "I couldn’t be more delighted than to be working with Ed, Rosanna and all of the team at Little, Brown. I was bowled over by their enthusiasm and vision for Twelve Secrets and am already eagerly looking forward to publication."
Waddington, as Gold, previously co-authored three of the James Patterson Bookshot series of brief titles, published in 2016: The Hostage, The Verdict and Kidnapped. This is his first solo-authored book.