Head of Zeus have acquired two new books in the Celcius Daly crime series by Anthony J. Quinn. Nicholas Cheetham, publisher at Head of Zeus, bought UK and Commonwealth and translation rights from Paul Feldstein at The Feldstein Agency.

Quinn's debut novel DISAPPEARED, featuring Northern Irish Detective Celcius Daly, was published in August by Head of Zeus in association with mysteriouspress.com, and was picked by crime critics at both The Times and the Daily Mail in Books of the Year at the weekend. The sequel, BORDER ANGELS, will be published in hardback in January.

The two new instalments will be published in January 2015 and January 2017 respectively.

Cheetham said: "Anthony J. Quinn's haunting crime series blends dark history and brooding landscape with intricate plotting and peerless prose to produce something utterly authentic and utterly compelling." 

Quinn said: "I'm delighted to have secured this contract with Head of Zeus through the efforts of my agent Paul Feldstein, and I am confident their publishing team will help nurture my vision of the brooding, unsettling borderlands of the Celcius Daly crime series, and raise the next instalments to new dramatic heights."

The Daily Mail's Geoffrey Wansell said of DISAPPEARED: "This should make Quinn a star, for its unquestionably one of the crime novels of the year, written in peerless prose, with a delicate plot - this is a novel to be read slowly and to be savoured sip by sip, as its a spider's web slowly but surely snares you in its grip."