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He has been published in 17 languages. His first novel Scheherazade (2001) is a revisionist Arabian Nights epic. The Lamplighter (2003) is a philosophical tale of the macabre set in 1880s Edinburgh; it was heavily influenced by the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle. The Empire of Eternity (2006) is a mystery involving Napoleon Bonaparte and the early years of Egyptology. The Unscratchables (2009; published outside Australia under the pseudonym Cornelius Kane) is a pop-culture satirical novel and social commentary featuring anthropomorphic dog and cat detectives.
In October 2014, 20th Century Fox preemptively purchased the film rights to his unpublished science fiction novel The Dark Side. The book was acquired for publication by Simon & Schuster at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and was published in 2016.
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Seek (2017) is an unofficial sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
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