Harvey and Bob Weinstein have added another title to their bulgingWeinstein Company slate, optioning film rights to Jeff Abbott's paranoiathriller novel Panic,which goes out in US bookshops today [18].

Abbott's story centres on Evan Casher, a documentaryfilmmaker who returns home to discover his mother's murdered body and quicklylearns that everything he has ever believed in is based on a lie. Casherembarks upon a frenzied search for the truth about his family while attemptingto flee a vicious gang of killers.

Production executives Brendan Deneen and Eric Robinson willoversee the project for The Weinstein Co; Deneen brought the book to theWeinsteins' attention.

Barry Littman negotiated the deal on behalf of The WeinsteinCompany with Holly Frederick from Curtis Brown on behalf of Abbott.

"Jeff Abbott has written a remarkable suspense thriller thatprovides the ideal framework for a riveting motion picture," Harvey Weinsteinsaid.

Abbott has isbest known through his bestselling series of Whit Mosley thrillers, whichincludes such titles as A Kiss Gone Bad and Black Jack Point and follows the adventures of an investigative judge.

Panic is a standalone novel.