The US author talks to Crime Scene about his Harrogate experience
Are you enjoying Harrogate?
I go to a lot of festivals around the world and the thing that strikes me about Harrogate is, it’s the perfect size, it’s very accessible – I really like the ability to be accessible to my readers.
You mentioned a TV version of The October List...
ITV has purchased it, so good luck to the TV people – I’m looking forward to it. I myself enjoy writing books; I’ve never interpreted one of my books or anyone else’s as a theatrical presentation.
Was that book an experiment for you?
Yeah, it’s a book that goes backwards – it opens with chapter 36 on Sunday evening and then goes backward in time to Friday. I wanted to create a book that had a surprise beginning rather than a surprise ending, which is what all of my books have. I didn’t know that I could pull it off, but I think it worked out.
How will it be adapted?
Ideally, it will be six parts. Making it too extended wouldn’t work – and it’s also the kind of thing they can’t repeat. It’s going to be one [series] and that’s it.
What’s the next book?
Another Lincoln Rhyme, which is set in Italy. I’ll also be setting a portion of a Lincoln Rhyme in the UK – that will be in the future.
The Steel Kiss (Hodder & Stoughton) is out now.