I’ve just got back from Lyon, where I had a great time at the Quais du Polar festival. It was wonderful to meet so many French fans of DCI Banks, and so many readers who were about to try him for the first time. One of the special attractions of festivals for the writers who attend is seeing old friends and making new ones, and it was great to meet up with John Harvey, Karin Slaughter, Craig Russell, Peter Gutteridge and Martin Solares again, and to chat with David Peace, R.J. Ellory, Arne Dahl, Greg Olear, Brian Freeman, Pierre Lemaitre and Arni Thorarinsson for the first time. The festival organisers and my French publishers Albin Michel did a great job. I wish I had some photographs to post, but I was so busy signing and talking that I didn’t have time to take any! From what little I saw, Lyon looked like a lovely city and I must go back there and see it one day.