Harvill Secker Acquires Austrian Debut Thriller by Ursula Poznanski

From the press release:

Alison Hennessey, Senior Crime Editor at Harvill Secker, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights, including Canada, to debut thriller FIVE (Funf) by Austrian writer Ursula Poznanski in a deal with Gertje Maass at Rowohlt Verlag.  FIVE will be published by Harvill Secker in spring 2014.

Alison Hennessey at Harvill Secker says: ‘A brilliantly tense and gripping psychological thriller, fans of Karin Slaughter and Tess Gerritsen will love Five (although they might not be able to sleep after reading it).’

A woman’s body is found in a field: tattooed on her feet are a strange combination of numbers and letters. Detective Beatrice Kaspary quickly identifies these as map co-ordinates, which lead the police to a ‘treasure box’ containing several severed body parts – and a note from the killer with a series of cryptic clues to the identity of the next victim. So begins a desperate scavenger hunt in which Beatrice herself becomes a pawn in the killer’s game of cat-and-mouse.

Ursula Poznanski was born in Vienna in 1968, and worked as an editor at a publishing house focusing on medicine. After the tremendous success of her young adult novel Erebos, she now dedicates much of her time to writing fiction. She lives with her family in Vienna. Five is her first thriller for adults.

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