Mantle publisher Maria Rejt has acquired world English language rights in a crime trilogy written by Norwegian historian Hans Olav Lahlum.
Rejt plans to publish all three titles in 2014.
The first book is titled Human Flies and is scheduled for March 2014. Here's a description from the Panmacmillan rights guide catalogue:
Oslo, 1968. The body of Harald Olesen, politician and war hero who fought with the resistance, is found in his apartment. He has been shot dead.
As Detective Inspector Kolbein Kristiansen (known as K2) begins to investigate, it quickly becomes clear that the murderer can only be one of Olesen’s fellow tenants in the apartment building.
Soon, with the help of a brilliant, wheelchair-bound young woman, Patricia, K2 will find his investigations leading back to dark events that took place during the Second World War; and discover that each of the building’s tenants harbours a reason for wanting Olesen dead.
This gripping mystery – the first in a trilogy featuring K2 and Patricia – is a homage to the great Agatha Christie and will plunge readers into a complex web of deceit and betrayal, corruption and murder . . .