I'll be blogging more about this soon, but here's the press release text as featured by British publishing industry weekly The Bookseller today:
Pan Mac scoops historical crime novel in two-book deal
Pan Macmillan has landed the first novel in a historical crime fiction series from D V Bishop.
Alex Saunders, fiction editor at Pan Macmillan acquired world rights to City of Vengeance,
which won the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland 2018, in a
two-book deal from Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates. It is
scheduled for publication in February 2021.
The book is set against the backdrop of the Medici dynasty in 1530s
Renaissance Florence, following the case of a prominent Jewish
moneylender who is found murdered. Cesare Aldo, a former soldier and now
an officer of the city's most powerful criminal court, is given four
days to solve the murder.
Its synopsis explains: “In the course of his investigations, Aldo
uncovers a plot to overthrow the ruler of Florence, Alessandro de'
Medici. If the Duke falls, it will endanger the whole city. But a rival
officer of the court is trying to uncover the secrets of Aldo’s private
life to bring him down. Can Aldo stop the conspiracy before anyone else
dies, or will his own secrets destroy him first?”
Saunders said: “I am so excited to be welcoming D V Bishop to the Pan
Macmillan list. He has written a wonderful historical thriller set in
Renaissance Florence and from the moment I started reading I was
impressed by his confident storytelling. City of Vengeance is
an explosive start to an electrifying new series, and Cesare Aldo is a
remarkable character who stays with you long after the final page has
Bishop, a screenwriter and dramatist, added: “I’m proud and honoured
to sign with Pan Macmillan, publisher of such wonderful writers as C J
Sansom, Ann Cleeves, and the late, great Colin Dexter. There couldn’t be
a better home for Cesare Aldo as he investigates murders, the Medici,
and all manner of Machiavellian machinations among the palazzos and
piazzas of Renaissance Florence.”
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