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A&U acquires debut crime novel ‘The Dark Lake’

Allen & Unwin has acquired Melbourne author Sarah Bailey’s debut novel The Dark Lake via Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management.

The Dark Lake is a crime novel set in a ‘largish’ Australian town, which follows the work of an unmarried detective with a young son.

Tranter, who sold world rights to Allen & Unwin in a pre-emptive bid, said the feedback from publishers was ‘enthusiastic’.

Allen & Unwin publisher Jane Palfreyman said she believes The Dark Lake will be ‘one of the books of 2017’. ‘Sarah is a hugely talented writer, and this is a spectacular debut with fiendish twists and dark secrets that will keep readers guessing until the very last page,’ said Palfreyman.

Bailey has a degree in journalism and has worked in advertising.

The Dark Lake is scheduled for a June 2017 release.


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