Why aren’t more thrillers being written for kids? When you look at the types of films and computer games the average 12-year-old boy enjoys — action, explosions, car chases and fights . . . lots of fights — it seems crazy. Go into any bookshop, and the children’s books shelves are groaning under the weight of either fantasy books about dragons, wizards and goblins or Jacqueline Wilson-style mundane reality. I long to see at least one cover showing two big muscly guys pounding the crap out of each other while a building explodes in the background.The Independent had another article on this topic. It is "in the air" now. I am looking for Silver Fin and Jimmy Coates: Killer at TLA this week.
Next month sees the publication of Jimmy Coates: Killer, the hotly tipped first novel by a young Cambridge philosophy student, Joseph Craig, who admits to being a fan of movies like The Bourne Identity.