Transworld is to publish three thrillers by BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner.
Simon Taylor, editorial director at Transworld, acquired British Commonwealth and audio rights to a series of three thrillers from Julian Alexander at the LAW Agency.
The first novel, Crisis, also Gardner's debut fiction work, introduces ex-Special Boat Service commando, Luke Carlton, who is now under contract to the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) for some of its "most challenging missions".
Carlton is sent into the Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer but finds himself "caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions. Hunted down, captured, tortured and on the run from one of South America's most powerful and ruthless drugs cartels... Carlton is in a life-or-death race against time to prevent a potentially devastating terror attack on London."
Gardner draws on his "years of experience reporting on security matters" and produces fiction-writing that "boasts an irrestistible, visceral frisson of authenticity combining insider knowledge, up-to-the-minute hardware, and fly on the wall insights with heart-in-the-mouth excitement,” the publisher has said.
Taylor said: “Frank is a brilliant storyteller and, over and above his debut being an explosive, adrenalin-pumping page turner, there's a compelling, chilling frisson of authenticity that he brings to his writing that makes utterly irresistible.”
Transworld m.d. Larry Finlay added: ”Frank came to the office to pitch his ideas to the team and we were reminded of just what it is that makes him such a remarkable individual and a phenomenal writer. This is a hugely exciting new direction for Frank and a thrilling – in every sense of the word – new acquisition for us. I couldn't be more pleased.”
Gardner said he is "absolutely thrilled" to be working with Transworld. "Their enthusiasm is inspirational," he said. "But more than anything, I can hardly wait to share this first novel amongst the readers. I hope it's as much fun to read as it's been to write!"
Transworld published Gardner's memoir Blood and Sand in 2006 (re-issued in 2014) and his travelogue Far Horizons in 2009. Crisis is his debut novel.
Transworld will publish Crisis in Bantam Press hardback in June 2016.