- 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 2013. The Hidden Man may still be available 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 rights to Typhoon have been sold to Cameron Docherty, a Scottish screenwriter based in Los Angeles, in partnership with Gail Salomon. The Trinity Six has been optioned by Universal Studios. The rights to The Hidden Man and A Foreign Country have not been optioned.
- What are you working on now?
My next book will be called 'A Colder War', for publication in 2013. Thomas Kell, hero of 'A Foreign Country', is sent to Turkey to investigate the sudden death of the MI6 Head of Station in Ankara. He discovers that there is a mole inside western intelligence in the Middle East.
- 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
- Why is it difficult to get hold of your earlier books in the UK?
Because I moved publishers. A Spy by Nature and The Spanish Game are now available again. Harper Collins also plan to re-issue Typhoon and The Hidden Man at some point in the next 12 months.
- 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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