Lucy Dauman, Commissioning Editor for Sphere Fiction, acquired World English rights from Joanna Swainson at Hardman and Swainson. Rights were pre-empted by Garzanti in Italy and with London Book Fair just behind us, we expect more territories to follow.
The Killer You Know is a high-concept thriller about a group of friends who come together for a reunion and discover that one of their group has become a serial killer … and only they can stop him. It has unforgettable characters and an edge-of-your seat plot and Sphere have described it as ‘an exciting debut from a fresh new voice in British thriller fiction’.
Lucy Dauman said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be welcoming Simon to the Sphere list. The Killer You Know is one of the most compelling and unnerving thrillers I’ve read in a long time, with a twist that left my head spinning. I can’t wait to publish it.’
S.R. Mastrantone is a regular contributor to UK short fiction anthology series The Fiction Desk, having won their Writer’s Award for his short story Just Kids. His story Desert Walk was included in Penguin Random House USA’s Press Start to Play collection, published last year and he continues to have short fiction published in a variety of international magazines. After studying Philosophy at Cambridge University, he now works in public health in Oxford, where he lives with his wife, Helen. The Killer You Know is his first novel.
Mastrantone said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted, and still a little stunned, that Lucy and the amazing team at Sphere and Little, Brown will be launching The Killer You Know. It’s genuinely a dream come true for me. I’ve always been fascinated by the way in which other people’s memories of who you were can affect who you are in the present. I was struck by the idea of a reunion where a recollection of a friend’s jokey remark, made in the baffling heat of adolescence, is seen in a sinister new light. It seemed irresistible to me. Whether for good or bad, you can’t escape the role nostalgia plays in modern culture, and I had a great time exploring that with film podcast host Adeline, and the rest of the book’s characters, as they tumbled into their own pasts. I really look forward to sharing this adventure with readers.’