Wildfire landed a first detective series from psychiatric nurse Elliot Sweeney, with The next to die as the first installment.
Fiction publisher Jack Butler has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Gordon Wise from Curtis Brown. The next to die will be released in February 2023.
The book is a “clever thriller” featuring former cop, now private eye, Dylan Kaspar. “Five years after his daughter’s suicide, a stranger dies in the same circumstances, prompting Kasper to investigate and finally face his own grief before more blood is spilled,” Wildfire wrote.
Sweeney is a community psychiatric nurse specializing in adolescent mental health and post-traumatic stress. He was awarded the HW Fisher Fellowship to take the Curtis Brown Creative Novel Writing Course. The literary consultancy featured him as a featured author and he wrote for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mysterious Magazine and Switchblade.
Butler commented: “Elliot is a real talent and someone we are incredibly excited to launch on the Wildfire list. His writing and characters are razor sharp, and his background as a psychiatric nurse gives the novel authority and weight while addressing mental health issues at the heart of the book. The next to die is as engaging as it is timely, and we can’t wait for readers to meet Kasper.
Sweeney added: “I am delighted to be partnering with Wildfire. With this book, I wanted to merge my work in mental health with a lifelong love of fast-paced detective fiction. Dylan Kasper and the characters he meets have been germinating in my mind for years, and I’m so excited to see what readers of the genre and beyond will make of them.