Sunday Times Top Ten and ebook number one bestseller Paul Finch will join the Orion list, with the author moving from Avon/HarperCollins. Tom Witcomb struck a three-book deal for World English rights with Emad Akhtar, publishing director at Orion Fiction.
The first novel in the deal will be published in January 2020 and is described as 'a standalone thriller with a killer high concept.'
Akhtar said: "Paul is a natural-born storyteller and an author who I’ve admired as an editor and enjoyed as a reader. He’s already made an impact on the crime scene and I know he has huge potential to become a future star for the Orion list. It’s the perfect time for him to join and I can’t wait to start working with him."
Finch said: "Being at Avon has been a fantastic experience. I've enjoyed every minute, and through the constant guidance of the editorial team there, I've been able to develop myself as a fully-fledged crime and thriller writer. That's something I'll never forget. It's completely changed my life. But change is something that keeps happening to all of us. And so moving to Orion, while a new direction, is already looking like an incredibly exciting venture. It'll mean plenty more books coming down the line, more action, more thrills. I can't wait to get going."
Witcomb said: "I’m thrilled Paul and I have a book or three to share with my old pal Emad, even more so considering the vitality and wisdom he and his team have already shown. Paul is moving to a fantastic new home at Orion, where I know he’ll continue to be well looked after and to grow. Readers old and new should be very excited right about now."
About The Author
A former cop and journalist, Paul was a writer for British TV crime drama, The Bill. However, he is probably best known for his work in horror and thrillers. He has also written four Doctor Who audio dramas and his Doctor Who novel, HUNTER'S MOON, was published by Woodland Books in 2011.
Winner of British Fantasy Award 2002 & 2007, and the International Horror Guild Award 2007.
Praise for Paul Finch and his novels:
‘Finch is a born storyteller and writes with the authentic voice of the ex-copper he is.’ – Peter James
‘An ingenious and original plot. Compulsive reading.’ – Rachel Abbott
‘A deliciously twisted and fiendish set of murders and a great pairing of detectives.’ – Stav Sherez
‘Avon’s big star…part edge-of-the-seat, part hide-behind-the-sofa! An excellent series.’ – The Bookseller
‘An explosive thriller that will leave you completely hooked on Heck.’ – We Love This Book
‘Edge-of-the-seat reading…Heck is formidable – a British Alex Cross.’ – The Sun