Jordan Lees

Associate Agent

I represent crime and thrillers, book club fiction, historical fiction and literary fiction, as well as true crime and non-fiction written by journalists and experts in their respective fields. I’m typically drawn to writing with a darker and/or upmarket edge, and I’m open to anything high-concept or speculative.

I’m interested in any kind of crime/thriller, whether commercial or literary, conventional or high-concept. I read very widely across the genre, whether it’s Belinda Bauer, John Grisham, Fiona Barton, Nikki French, C.J Tudor, Tana French, Karin Slaughter or Ruth Ware.

I’m eager to find elegant literary thrillers in the vein of Leila Slimani’s books, and am fascinated by folklore, fable and horror – so anything which includes those kind of elements will likely grab my attention, whether in crime/thrillers, historical fiction or upmarket/literary.

I’m also a big fan of detective fiction so would definitely want to see anything in that area. I’d love to find something which innovates or subverts the genre in the vein of EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton, EIGHT DETECTIVES by Alex Pavesi or something fun and clever like KNIVES OUT.

I represent a select list of children’s authors but I’m not currently taking on more authors in that area. I lead on our children’s and family book-to-screen business, and work alongside the other agents in TV/Film representation across adult fiction and non-fiction.

My favourite authors include Patricia Highsmith, Max Porter, John Fowles, Belinda Bauer, Italo Calvino, Leïla Slimani, Cormac McCarthy, Marlon James, Gillian Flynn and Raymond Chandler. I’ve recently enjoyed reading: 

  • EXIT by Belinda Bauer
  • SISTERS by Daisy Johnson
  • PINE by Francine Toon
  • SHUGGIE BAIN by Douglas Stuart
  • MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite

I am not currently looking for spy novels, sci-fi and fantasy, women’s fiction, children’s or YA.

You can submit to me at [email protected].