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TV adaptation and fourth novel from former Met police officer Kate London

20th May 2021

Corvus Publishing Director Sarah Hodgson has acquired World rights in the fourth novel in ex-Met Police Officer Kate London’s Metropolitan crime fiction series from Alice Lutyens at Curtis Brown.

The first novel in the series, Post Mortem, has been adapted into a three-part series currently filming for ITV, titled The Tower, by Homeland writer and executive producer Patrick Harbinson. Produced by Windhover Films and Mammoth Screen in association with ITV Studios, The Tower will star Gemma Whelan as DS Sarah Collins, alongside Emmett J. Scanlan, Tahirah Sharif and Jimmy Akingbola and will be released this Autumn. Corvus will be releasing a tie-in edition of Post Mortem to coincide with the show’s broadcast.

The newly acquired novel, slated for publication in early 2023, follows Post Mortem, Death Message and Gallowstree Lane, and will see Sarah Collins dealing with the tragic outcome of a failed police operation, giving readers an insight into what it’s like to be in the white heat of a job gone wrong.

Hodgson said:

‘It’s a privilege and a pleasure to be working with the hugely talented Kate London on this series. Not only does she write beautifully, creating highly relatable characters who leap off the page, but the incredible insight her own experience provides gives her novels an unrivalled sense of authenticity. And I can’t wait to see what the incredible team Windhover and Mammoth have put together do with the TV adaptation when it reaches our screens.’

London said:

‘It’s been an exciting year with filming on The Tower currently in progress. I’m very pleased to be working with Corvus again and to be given the opportunity to pick up the lives of Sarah and Lizzie. The talented and supportive team have been with me from the start. We’re all excited to find out how Lizzie copes with her changed circumstances and how Sarah deals with the repercussions from Operation Artemis. Expect both women to face tough choices!’