Quercus has snapped up a new crime series set in Hong Kong, written by author Duncan Jepson.

Jon Riley, editor-in-chief at Quercus, bought world rights in all languages for the first two books in the series from Marysia Juszczakiewicz at the Peony Agency in Hong Kong.

The first book, Emperors Once More, is set in 2015 and follows detective Alex Soong as he investigates a conspiracy which dates back to the Boxer Rebellion.

Jepson said: “Interest in telling stories about Asia has always been from the perspective of the intersection between East and West. Emperors Once More is about the seismic shift to a new world order, one that is coming because of history, populations, resource needs and the different intentions of different cultures.”

Riley added: “Duncan Jepson is an outstanding new voice in international crime fiction and in Inspector Alex Soong he has created a brilliantly memorable new detective in a thrilling environment. Emperors Once More is the start of something exciting for him and for Quercus.”