Michael Joseph has acquired three spy thrillers by a parliamentary speechwriter for a six-figure sum.
Publishing director Rowland White pre-empted world rights to the books by Matthew Richardson from Euan Thorneycroft at A.M. Heath.
The first book, My Name is Nobody, introduces MI6 operative Solomon Vine and his contemporary, friend and rival Gabriel Wilde.
Richardson, 25, is a parliamentary researcher and speechwriter.
White said: “It was, quite simply, the most exciting new British spy-writing I’d read in years. From page one it was clear I’d got my hands on something special. It’s rare to find such assurance and style, along with genuine pace, in one completely irresistible package. But Matthew’s stunning, craftily plotted opening shot, My Name is Nobody delivers all of that and more.”
My Name is Nobody will be published in the UK in hardback in spring 2017.