Is The Hidden Man available in the United States?

Not yet. St Martin’s Press have the rights and will publish The Hidden Man at some point in the future, possibly in 2015. The Hidden Man is available in paperback via amazon and other retailers in the UK.

How many of your books have been optioned as movie deals?

A Spy By Nature has been optioned by Silent War films. John Hodge, who wrote Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, has written the screenplay. Silent War also have first refusal on The Spanish Game. The Trinity Six has been optioned by Bluegrass Films. A Foreign Country has been optioned by Colin Firth's production company, Raindog, who have first refusal on A Colder War. The rights to The Hidden Man and Typhoon are available.

What are you working on now?

I am writing the screenplay for The Trinity Six and working on the third novel in the Thomas Kell series.

Will Alec Milius return?

I hope so. I always intended to write a trilogy of novels about Alec, but other projects have got in the way. I would like Alec to find some sort of personal and professional redemption. The third instalment would take place largely in the United States.

What about Joe Lennox, the hero of Typhoon? Will we see him again?

Possibly. The idea of writing a novel about China’s impact on Africa is intriguing to me. Joe would be the perfect man to send into that environment.

Is it still possible to read your digital short story The 21 Steps?

Yes - click here 

Are you related to Sir Mansfield Cumming?

No. The first Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) was called Mansfield Cumming. He was born Mansfield Smith, but married a Cumming (no relation either) and then took her name because it was less run-of-the-mill. The letter 'C', used today to identify the 'Chief' of MI6, was originally an abbreviation of 'Cumming'.

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