Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel by Anthony Horowitz

Competition published on September 4, 2015.

If you could be a famous writer who would you want to be? JK Rowling? Dan Brown? James Patterson? Me neither, but I will tell you whose life I wouldn’t mind having and that’s the life of Reilly aka Anthony Horowitz, a man possessed of such an unerring Midas touch that the gold comes in search of him. Not only has he written four vastly successful YA adventure series including the iconic Alex Rider series, he also writes for film (The Gathering, Stormbreaker) and for television (Poirot, Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War). And when the estates of literary lions like Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming are looking for a writer to entrust with ideas for new novels who’re they gonna call? In October 2014, the Ian Fleming estate announced that it had commissioned Horowitz to write the next James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis and voila, one year later, here it is.

Anthony HorowitzThe novel is based in part on an unpublished story written by the late Ian Fleming sixty years ago. Murder on Wheels was written in the 50s, as one of several episode treatments for a Bond TV series which was never made. Many of the plots were turned into short stories but a few outlines were never published and from these Horowitz chose Murder on Wheels which sees Bond on a mission at the Nürburgring Grand Prix racing circuit in Germany. Fleming and Bond were devoted petrol-heads and Trigger Mortis, with its familiar cast of Bond characters – M, Miss Moneypenny and Pussy Galore among them – is sure to delight fans.

“It’s no secret that Ian Fleming’s extraordinary character has had a profound influence on my life, so when the estate approached me to write a new James Bond novel how could I possibly refuse?” said Horowitz, when the book was first announced. “Having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration. This is a book I had to write.” Publisher Orion has described Bond and Horowitz as “a match made in publishing heaven”. James Bond was never the marrying kind but Horowitz, it seems, is married to his muse who in turn has inspired him to write more than sixty books in the space of three decades, an astonishing rate of productivity (roughly two books a year.) How one earth does he do it? “For as long as I can remember I’ve been working at this pace, about 10 hours a day, often seven days a week,” says Horowitz. Now you see how it’s done – talent, bum-glue and tireless application.

Bert Wright, Editor – The Nudge List

Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz is published in hardback by Orion on 8th September.

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