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Commissioning Editor Helen Jenner has signed a three-book deal with debut author Chris Merritt for a new detective thriller series set in London, via his agent Charlie Viney at The Viney Agency.

The series follows British-Ghanaian Met detective Monty Boateng and his pursuit of the man responsible for killing his daughter. The first book, The Murder List, will publish in March 2018, with two further titles scheduled for 2018-2019.

Helen said of the announcement,

I was blown away by The Murder List. The moment I began reading, I knew I had discovered a great writing talent in Chris Merritt. His attention to detail, the complex plotting and thrilling sense of pace are brought together under the watchful eye of Monty Boateng – a music-loving, devoted family man and all-around brilliant detective. Set in the grimy backstreets of South London, this is a fantastic debut novel.

Chris Merritt said,

As a psychologist in the NHS, I’ve treated both victims and perpetrators of crime. This inspired me to write a thriller that explores how people cope with losing family members to violence, and the desire they often feel for revenge. Having lived in London for many years, I also wanted to tell a story that reflects London’s diversity, and take readers on a journey through parts of the city that they may not know exist. I’m delighted to be working with Helen Jenner and the team at Bookouture to bring The Murder List to life.

Charlie Viney has already optioned television and film rights through 11th Hour Films and has sold audio rights to Audible.

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