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City student finds success with first book

Faber & Faber to publish Rod Reynoldâ€'s debut novel
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Masters student Rod Reynolds has secured a publishing deal for his debut novel, after a successful bid by Faber & Faber Ltd.

Not only will Faber be releasing The Dark Inside, but the independent publishing house has also bought the rights to his as-yet-unnamed second book.

Reynolds is a student on City University London's Crime Thriller MA and one of the first cohort when the course launched two years ago. The two-year course helps aspiring novelists to develop a full-length crime novel through a series of workshops and seminars with leading writers and mentors.

"Studying at City was the best choice I could have made to further my writing as it helped me take that final step towards getting published," said Rod. "The quality of the teaching is outstanding, and the course itself offers just the right mix of theoretical and practical, along with absolutely invaluable industry exposure."

The Dark Inside tells the story of a disgraced New York reporter sent to a small town to report on a series of murders of young couples. After delving further into the killings, however, he discovers the case is more complicated than it first appeared. The story is loosely based on real life events.

Claire McGowan, who heads the Crime Thriller MA, said, "Rod's talent was obvious as soon as he came to study with us, but we are delighted that we've been able to help him shape his work and produce this exciting and compelling novel. The interest he's received from crime publishers demonstrates the success of our approach, and we hope to see many more such announcements in future."

This is not the first time that a student from the first Crime Thriller MA cohort has received acclaim for their work.

This year David Young was shortlisted for the 2014 Yeovil Literary Prize, for his novel Stasi Child, which he wrote for his Masters. Student Jody Sabral also won the CWA Debut Dagger for her novel written for the course, The Movement.

The Dark Inside will be published in paperback and eBook formats in summer 2015.

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