The timing of this article on the BBC website could hardly have been better, coming as it does just days before the release of Drag Noir.
The article explains that car thieves are increasingly targeting more expensive cars – those with supposedly thief-proof keyless locking and ignition – by using computers to hack the systems.
Believe it or not, the heroine of my story ‘Wheel Man’, Justine, has developed an app to do exactly that. And believe it or not again, but I’d already written the story some six months before this story appeared. So I didn’t copy the idea… nor am I psychic, nor did I pay the journalist to run the thing right before the launch. In the end, it just seemed like a sensible solution to a modern ‘problem’ for criminals – how to break into the unbreakable.
Mind you, expecting computer software ‘intended only for mechanics’ to stay secure in the face of losses, forgetfulness, hacking or plain corruption was perhaps a tad naïve. Great background for a story, though.
Oh – and the picture is every bit as appropriate to ‘Wheel Man’ as the news article… but you’ll have to read the story to find out why!