I'm not in the business of making predictions. I spent too long covering the information technology sector (and the internet bubble) in the late 1990s, drinking the industry's Kool-Aid and writing all sorts of nonsense about how the internet would rip up conventional business models to get too involved in any more futurology.
So instead of exposing myself to further ridicule and telling you what I believe will happen, here's what I think should happen: by the end of 2007, Alex Scarrow, should be a star in the thriller world.
I recently read his second novel, Last Light, a terrifying journey through an imagined energy crisis in the not too distant future, and it was as compelling a book as I've read in a while. I'll review it closer to its publication date, but in the meantime, Alex has been good enough to answer 10 questions.
Favourite author: Nevil Shute/Stephen King
Favourite novel: On the Beach
Favourite character: Nathan (Sophie's Choice)
Best book read in 2007: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Best crime novel/thriller: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Best film adaptation: Children of Men
Book that gave you the thriller bug: The Eagles has Landed by Jack Higgins
Author to watch: Joseph Finder
What you snack on while writing: Starbuck's Chocolate chunk shortbread
Who would play Alex Scarrow in a film of your life: A shaved Edward Norton