Associate Crime Editor Katherine Armstrong bought UK, Commonwealth, and European rights, excluding Canada, from Kate Burke at Diane Banks Associates for THE DARK INSIDE and an as-yet-unnamed second book.
Armstrong said: 'I am absolutely thrilled that Rod has decided to come to Faber. THE DARK INSIDE is a superbly assured debut novel
and I very much look forward to introducing readers to
Charlie Yates, his disgraced New York reporter who is sent to Texarkana to
report on a spate of murders as local courting couples are being butchered at a
popular date spot. When Charlie starts
asking questions he comes into conflict with the local police and sheriff's
departments and he soon realises that there's more to the town - and the story
- than first meets the eye. Everyone, it
appears, has something to hide. Loosely
based on a real case, THE DARK INSIDE will appeal to fans of TRUE DETECTIVE, Tom Franklin,
and R. J. Ellory. Charlie is an engaging
and sympathetic protagonist that readers will warm to and the narrative grips
from the start and carries you along to the very last page. I'm very excited to see what Rod will do next.'
Burke said: ‘The fast reaction from editors to this incredible thriller was overwhelming and Faber’s pitch and vision blew us away. Both Rod and I are incredibly excited to be working with them.’
Reynolds is a recent graduate of City University's first two-year Crime and Thriller Creative Writing Masters course.
Faber will publish THE DARK INSIDE in trade paperback and eBook formats in summer 2015.