Writing

A new Nic Costa is on the way

There’s a question I’ve been asked more times than I can count in recent years: when are Nic Costa and team coming back? Teresa Lupo’s solo outing in Carnival for the Dead apart, we left them at the end of book nine in the series The Fallen Angel eight years ago, after which I moved on first to Copenhagen with The Killing then Amsterdam with the Pieter Vos books.

Both were great fun to write and I hope to read too. But my Romans have been on holiday quite long enough. So I’m delighted to tell you yes… there will be a new Costa book. It will be out next July and I’m equally delighted to say it will be with a different and highly enthusiastic publisher, Severn House, now part of that innovative independent house Canongate.

The book will be called The Savage Shore and reunite our team in the beautiful but wild lands of Calabria and in particular a fictional version of the lovely coastal town of Scilla, above. There they’ve assembled to organise the defection of a gang boss from the feared mob the ’Ndrangheta who has offered to turn pentito, super grass, to shop his peers. Not an easy task and one that becomes immeasurably more difficult when the man’s lieutenants demand Costa take on a fake identity to join the clan as one of their foot soldiers in order to engineer the defection.

Soon it becomes apparent that the team are no longer police officers in charge of the society around them. Very much the reverse. They truly are strangers in a strange and perilous land, one where family loyalties and local traditions count for more than the law and order they are used to back in Rome.

I’m really excited by this book and moving Costa and crew to a new home under the welcoming wing of Kate Lyall Grant who earlier published my Florence novel The Flood. I should also say thanks to the lovely team at Goldsboro Books because this project came about during a quick conversation Kate and I had at their Crime in the Court event back in the summer. Very grateful to David and the entire crew there too.

And of course to my very hardworking agent Alice Lutyens at Curtis Brown who put all this together with her usual professionalism and aplomb.

Here’s the official announcement.

Kate Lyall Grant at Severn House has acquired World English rights in THE SAVAGE SHORE by David Hewson, from Alice Lutyens at Curtis Brown. The 10th novel in his highly acclaimed Nic Costa series, THE SAVAGE SHORE will be published in hardback in July 2018. This is the first Severn House acquisition since Canongate bought the business last week and this novel will also form part of the Severn House mass-market paperback list, due to be launched in Spring 2019.

Roman police detective Nic Costa has been sent undercover to Italy’s beautiful, remote Calabrian coast to bring in the head of the feared mob, the ’Ndrangheta, who has offered to turn state witness. Finding themselves out of their depth in a lawless part of Italy where they are the outcasts, not the men in the hills, with their shotguns and rough justice, Costa and his team come to the shocking realization that there is a traitor in their midst, a discovery which threatens to pitch them as much against one another as the mob.

Severn House Publisher, Kate Lyall Grant says: ‘From its dramatic opening scene, David Hewson’s complex and atmospheric thriller, with its multi-faceted characters and steady but increasing build-up of suspense, drew me in right away, and kept me glued to the page. I couldn’t be more delighted to be welcoming an author of David’s reputation and calibre to the new-look Severn House list. We have exciting plans for the future, and I’m so thrilled David is going to be a key part of them.’

David Hewson says: ‘Ever since Nic Costa went on vacation eight years ago, readers around the world have been begging me for his return. It’s a delight to place that book in the experienced and enthusiastic hands of Severn House in this new chapter of its life with Canongate. I’ve long been an admirer of both for their original, innovative and independent approach.’