The first publisher to buy my debut novel was Rienk Tychon. Rienk is a legend in the Dutch publishing world. He was the first person to publish both Lee Child and Dan Brown in the Netherlands. While the auction in London was raging between three of the big publishing houses, Rienk snuck in under the radar and snapped up rights for Holland and Belgium.
Alarmfase, as the book has been re-titled in Holland, will be published next month.
Here's a link to a brochure where you can see the fantastic cover art for the book. It's a very retro, gritty cover.
I'm very grateful to Jeremy Jehu for his review in the Daily Telegraph. Jeremy has this to say about my debut novel:
"In Lockdown, Sean Black's hero, Ryan Lock, causes New York to be sealed against a terrorist threat. Presumably in the sequels "Lockup" and "Lockin" he will rent a small garage, then take to drink. The synergy between name and title matters because it highlights the artifice underlying an excellent first novel. It reminds readers that the big game for British thriller writers these days is emulating Lee Child by writing classier American pulp than the Yanks. Like Child's Jack Reacher, Lock is an ex-military policeman. Unlike Reacher, he has a job (as an elite bodyguard), a home, friends and a sense of humour. Lock's likeability contrasts with Reacher's pomposity and Black's style is supremely slick."