Quintette of Questions: Stephen Dedman
Today I’m asking Stephen Dedman 5 questions about his latest book!
1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?
IMMUNITY, and for once, it was very easy. I knew I wanted a special bioweapon as the McGuffin, and once I’d decided that the main character would be backed up by an American who had diplomatic immunity…
2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?
A 30ish Guy Pearce or Sam Neill for Nick Horne. Tom Hardy would be interesting as Purdy, or maybe Chris Hayes.
3. What five words best describe your story?
Australian, noir, detective, bioterrorism technothriller.
4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?
Master Li Kao and Number Ten Ox, from Bridge of Birds.
5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?
Private Investigations, Dire Straits
When Nick Horne, police crime scene examiner turned science journalist, hears rumours of a leak at Helikal’s genetic engineering lab in Western Australia’s wheatbelt, he tries to contact geneticist David Mora for details. After learning that Mora has disappeared, Horne realises that someone is trying to stop him investigating Helikal.
He reluctantly teams up with Tom Purdy, a US defence attache with diplomatic immunity who is also looking for Mora and fears that he may have given a bioweapon to a terrorist group threatening to unleash it on America.
Soon, Horne is not only fighting for his life, but must make decisions that can affect the world – but first, he has to decide who he can trust.
About Stephen Dedman
Stephen Dedman is the author of The Art of Arrow Cutting, Shadows Bite and For a Fistful of Data, and more than 120 short stories published and reprinted in an eclectic variety of anthologies and magazines. He’s taught creative writing at UWA and the Forensic Science Centre, and worked as a bookseller, book reviewer, game designer, editor, actor, museum exhibit and experimental subject.
He’s won Aurealis and Ditmar awards, and been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, the BSFA Award, the Sidewise Award, the Seiun Award, the Spectrum Award, and a sainthood. He lives in Western Australia and likes travel, theatre, movies, talking to cats, and startling people.
So many book launches and author talks have had to be cancelled, I’ve decided to run as many Quintettes as I can to share some great upcoming work – and let you stock up on things to read while we’re all self-isolating.