Arcadia Books wins rights to two new titles by Joe Thomas

29 Mar 2019

Arcadia Books have bought the World English rights to two new titles by Joe Thomas from Will Francis at Janklow and Nesbit.

Brazilian Psycho is the fourth, and final part, in Joe Thomas’ São Paulo Quartet, which weaves crime fiction, high literary style, historical fact, and personal experience to record the radical tale of one of the world’s most fascinating, glamorous, corrupt, violent, and thrilling cities.

Two titles, Paradise City (2017) and Gringa (2018), have already been published in the UK. The third, Playboy, will be published in June of this year, with Brazilian Psycho due for release in Spring 2020.

Piers Russell-Cobb, publisher at Arcadia, said:

“Arcadia is proud to be the springboard for such talented young writers as Joe Thomas, whose genre-bending Sao Paulo Quartet dares to expose the gritty reality that tourists to Brazil don't get to experience first-hand.”

An occult history of São Paulo from 2003-2018, told through the lens of real life crimes, Brazilian Psycho reveals the dark heart at the centre of the Brazilian social-democrat resurgence and the fragility and corruption of the B.R.I.C. economic miracle; it documents the rise and fall of the left-wing – and the rise of the populist right, prefiguring and explaining the violent political divisions in Brazil, and on the international stage, in 2019. The city of São Paulo has historically rejected the left-wing and Brazilian Psycho reveals the lengths to which the city structures will go to do so.

Author Joe Thomas said:

“As in Playboy, I will interweave their stories with accounts of other Brazilians from all strata of society; ordinary people will form the background hum of the novel’s life.

I want Brazilian Psycho to be a blockbusting story resolutely of our times. Think James Ellroy’s American Tabloid, think Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, think Don Winslow’s The Power of the Dog, think Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates, think Amores Perros and Tropa de Elite, and think a novel that both introduces and completes Paradise CityGringa, and Playboy.”

The second title, Bent, is a new standalone crime novel set in 1960’s Soho, scheduled for publication in Spring 2021. It features Harold Challenor, a former SAS officer turned detective, who mediates between various factions of club owners and racketeers and cultivates informers.

As an SAS officer he was parachuted behind enemy lines in Italy and France, with tragic results, and the two narratives run in parallel throughout the series.

Will Francis, agent at Janklow and Nesbit, said:

“I love this book – it’s hard as nails, but wonderfully ironic and funny too. Joe is somehow able to take on David Peace and James Ellroy at their own game – his grimy 1960s copland, is just as brilliantly realised as theirs, but his characters live and breathe. He’s able to inhabit Challenor’s hardman milieu but also lets us peer around the corners at his frailties and vulnerabilities, and show us how men like Challenor and his enemies are also victims of their masculinity.”