Awesome has secured the rights to New York Times best-selling author Caroline Mitchell’s Truth and Lies, the first installment in a series of novels on young London detective Amy Winter. The book is published by Amazon Publishing imprint Thomas & Mercer.
The story follows Winter, the daughter of a husband and wife who were imprisoned for a string of heinous killings, as she investigates the disappearance of a teenage girl and is forced to reconnect with her mother.
Norton said he wants to turn Truth and Lies into a returnable TV series, with the aim of creating a female version of Luther, the popular BBC One series starring Idris Elba.
Norton is already talking to co-production partners and buyers about the project, which he said would work well for British linear broadcaster attempting to attract a younger audience.
Awesome, which is backed by Kew Media Group and Tricycle Media, is currently in production on an adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel The Small Hand: A Ghost Story for Viacom’s Channel 5. The drama, Awesome’s first commission since launching last year, stars Shetland‘s Douglas Henshall and is co-produced by Two Rivers Media.
Its other developments include is a TV version of Norton’s Dino Knights novel with OmniFilm Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company. The live-action Knights Of Panterra series is being overseen by showrunner Simon Barry (Van Helsing).
Commenting on the Truth and Lies deal, Mitchell said: “Having met Jeff Norton and the team, I know my book could not be in better hands. I am very excited to see what the future brings.”