Publishing director for crime and thrillers, Sarah Adams, approached RED Production Company with the proposal for a prequel to the TV series, buying world rights to the title and signing up author Cath Staincliffe to write it. It will be published as a paperback original in spring 2012.
Adams said: "'Scott and Bailey' bought a breath of fresh air to our TV screens this summer, with its authentic insight into a murder incident team. These brilliant characters are destined to become household names and we can't wait to launch the first 'Scott & Bailey' novel in 2012."
The series is set in Manchester and features DC Rachel Bailey, DC Janet Scott and DCI Gill Murray, with the publication receiving the full backing of Sally Wainwright, the TV series writer, and her co-creator Diane Taylor.