The US au­thor talks to Crime Scene about his Har­ro­gate ex­pe­ri­ence

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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.

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