Irish Author Dervla McTiernan in a Seven-Figure Deal with HarperCollins | Magazine | News for Writers
Dervla McTiernan


HarperCollins has bought three standalone novels from bestselling Irish author Dervla McTiernan, in a seven-figure deal which will see the crime novels published by HarperFiction in the UK, William Morrow in the US and HarperCollins Australia in March 2022.

The deal was brokered with Shane Salerno at the Story Factory, with Harpercollins’s Judy DeGrottole, Liate Stehlik, and Emily Krump (who will be editing alongside Anna Valdinger in Australia, and Phoebe Morgan in the UK).

The first title, The Murder Rule, is about a bright and ambitious law student who appears to be working for the Innocence Project to save a convicted murderer from death row, but who has an agenda of her own.

Dervla McTiernan is a #1 bestseller in Australia and has sold more than 400,000 copies of her Cormac Reilly series. Her novel The Ruin is currently in development as a limited TV series. She has also won multiple awards for her crime writing, including the Ned Kelly Award, the Davitt Award, and the Barry Award, and has been shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and the Australian Book Industry awards several times.

The Murder Rule will be published globally in hardback in March 2022.

Phoebe Morgan, Editorial Director says: ‘Dervla McTiernan is a force to be reckoned with in the world of crime fiction – her writing is intelligent, flawlessly paced, and emotionally astute as well as holding the reader in a vice-like grip throughout. The Murder Rule tackles the fascinating topic of wrongful convictions and The Innocence Project so adeptly, and we’re very excited to be building her global career at HarperCollins. She is a writer whose work deserves to be devoured in every country!’

Dervla McTiernan says: ‘I feel extraordinarily lucky and grateful to have HarperCollins behind me and to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible team. I’m so excited about The Murder Rule. I can’t wait to bring the book to readers!’

About The Good Turn:

When Peter Fisher is called to the scene of a supposed prank call, irritation turns to terror when he realises this is no joke. A young boy says he witnessed a little girl being bundled into the boot of a car, and Peter believes him.

DI Cormac Reilly and Peter search frantically for answers, but find obstacles put in their way by the one person who should be helping them: Superintendent Bryan Murphy. Frustrated and severely short-staffed, Peter and Cormac are pushed to breaking point, resulting in a fatal mistake.

Cormac is suspended from duty and Peter is banished to a tiny town on the West Coast of Ireland, where’s he’s tasked with doing the paperwork in a murder investigation that’s supposed to have been resolved. But something isn’t adding up, including the mysterious appearance of a young woman and her nine-year-old daughter, who hasn’t spoke a word in months . . .

Pre-Order your copy online here.

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