EXCLUSIVE: Ballantine Bantam Dell has acquired North American rights for three new novels from Kathy Reichs, who aside from being a bestselling suspense novelist is also a forensic anthropologist whose novels inspired the Fox TV series Bones. The deal was negotiated by Gina Centrello, president and publisher of the Random House Publishing Group, with WME’s Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. The novels will be published under the Bantam label, according to Libby McGuire, EVP, Publisher of Ballantine Bantam Dell. The first comes out in 2014, and Jennifer Hershey will edit them. Reichs’ last novel, Bones Are Forever, was published by Scribner.

Reichs will continue the forensic exploits of Temperance Brennan, who has been the centerpiece of 15 bestsellers. As for her day job, Dr. Reichs has been Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and still serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council and is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

“Kathy Reichs is one of the sharpest and most entertaining suspense novelists writing today. We are thrilled to welcome her to our list and expand her readership,” says McGuire. “Kathy’s ability to weave science, forensics, and suspense is unmatched. We are all excited to collaborate with her on these new novels.”