Howard Linskey’s THE DROP being developed for television, J.J. Connolly handling writing duties.

Good news for British crime fiction fans: Author Howard Linskey’s THE DROP is moving towards the small screen and has some good folks behind it.

Howard has confirmed that David Barron, with his production company Runaway Fridge, has picked up the television option for his debut novel. Barron is best known for producing the Harry Potter films, but was also producer for Kenneth Branagh’s OTHELLO and HAMLET as well as SAHARA.

David Blake is no gangster, or so he likes to think. He’s a white-collar criminal, working for gangster Bobby Mahoney, enjoying the good life while the money keeps on pouring in. Trouble is, a big chunk of that money has just gone missing, along with Geordie Cartwright, and Blake is getting the blame.Has Geordie done a runner with The Drop or has he been killed by a rival gang? As Blake goes deeper into the Newcastle underworld, a seedy and violent place filled with dodgy clubs, pubs, lap-dancing bars and brothels, he slowly starts to uncover the truth; there’s a rat in Bobby’s crew and someone else is planning a take-over. Meanwhile the Serious and Organised Crime squad and an ambitious D.I are both closing in on Bobby. It’s just a matter of time before he’s finally nicked for good. Blake must uncover the truth before it’s too late for them all.

If that were not enough, he has to choose between his girlfriend, the beautiful lawyer Laura and the impossible-to-resist Sarah, his boss’s gorgeous young daughter. Sarah might just be the most dangerous person in his life right now, if her dad finds out.

In a desperate and bloody finale, Blake has to make an agonizing choice and someone has to pay the ultimate price in ‘The Drop’.

J.J. Connolly will be adapting the novel. Connolly gained fame when he adapted his own LAYER CAKE for Matthew Vaughn. Both the novel and the film earned critical praise. Howard calls Layer Cake “ the most original screenplay since ‘The Long Good Friday” and said the novel itself was ” the best British gangster novel since ‘Jack’s Return Home.”

As for Connolly tackling his own characters, he said” I couldn’t be happier. I can’t think of a better writer to bring my story to the television screen and I’m really looking forward to seeing the end result. JJ has been working in Hollywood for some years now and is always in huge demand but to date he has never worked in TV. I’m flattered he has chosen ‘The Drop’ as his first foray into television and there is a real buzz about the project now that he is on board.

Readers can look forward to more David Blake when THE DAMAGE, Howard’s second novel, is released in the U.K. on April 2nd.