Alex Gerlis

Canelo set to publish a new spy novel PRINCE OF SPIES by ebook bestseller Alex Gerlis.

Publishing director Michael Bhaskar has acquired World English language rights to three books in new spy series by former BBC journalist Alex Gerlis from Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown. In addition, they are taking on Alex’s backlist, including Second World War espionage thriller THE BEST OF OUR SPIES, and its three Major Edgar sequels, which have sold over 155,000 copies to date. The TV/film rights for THE BEST OF OUR SPIES have recently been bought by a major international production company.


Also set in the Second World War Alex’s new series follows Richard Prince, a Lincolnshire police detective unexpectedly drafted into the secret service. He travels to Copenhagen, a hotbed of agents, double-crosses and intrigue, where he investigates rumours of the Nazi’s developing a war-ending weapon. The Richard Prince books are set to become essential reads for any fan of the genre. 


Michael Bhaskar says: ‘Alex is just a flat out brilliant author. These books are everything you’d want from wartime espionage thrillers: slick, stylish, tense, superbly executed and observed, drenched with atmosphere, unafraid to confront the stark moral dilemmas of conflict but alive to a story you can’t stop reading. His track record in ebook speaks for itself but we look forward to taking him into new places over the coming years.’


Alex Gerlis says: ‘I’m thrilled a company as innovative and exciting as Canelo has shown such confidence in my writing, in the genre and in the stories. From the beginning, their enthusiasm about the trilogy has been infectious. It’s a real pleasure to work with Michael and the friendly and professional team at Canelo.’


Gordon Wise says: ‘Alex’s page-turning and immaculately researched World War II espionage crime writing has been a personal passion of mine for a decade now, and we were proud to launch his first series under Curtis Brown’s Studio 28 imprint back in 2013. With six-figure sales and a significant TV deal under our belt, I’m thrilled that this new series – which has grown out of his first – has found such a committed home with Michael Bhaskar at Canelo.’


PRINCE OF SPIES, the first Richard Prince Thriller will be published in March 2020 in ebook, with print editions to follow. For more information please contact publicity@canelo.co.