Arrowood- Mick Finlay

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Mick Finlay’s Sherlock-inspired novel Arrowood has been snapped up for a television adaptation by the makers of “Bad Education” with Kathy Burke joining as executive producer.

The psychology lecturer’s crime thriller is set in the shady London backstreets of 1895 and will be published by HarperCollins’ imprint HQ on 23rd March. It is being adapted for television by Cave Bear, a division of Tiger Aspect, and Burke will be executive producer for the series. The deal was struck by Jane Villiers on behalf of Jo Unwin Literary Agency.

An HQ spokesman said: “With a killer stalking the streets, politicians embroiled in financial and sexual scandals and crime, drugs and prostitution rife, the rich turn to a celebrated private detective when they need help: Sherlock Holmes. But in densely-populated south London, where crimes are sleazier and Holmes rarely visits, people turn to Arrowood, a private investigator who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele, and his showy forensic approach to crime. Arrowood understands people, not clues.”

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