Cardiff-born, internationally bestselling author Craig Thomas (1942–2011) wrote eighteen novels between 1976 and 1998. His first novel, Rat Trap, was published in 1976, swiftly followed by the international bestseller, Firefox. It was after the success of this book that he left his job as an English teacher and became a full-time novelist. Thomas went on to write sixteen further novels, including three featuring the Firefox pilot, Mitchell Gant: Firefox Down, Winter Hawk and A Different War. Firefox attracted the attention of Hollywood and in 1982 was made into a film starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. The novel is credited with inventing the techno-thriller genre.