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Over 10 million books sold worldwide

In the summer of 2002, crime writer and freelance journalist Simon Beckett visited the Body Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee to write a magazine article about highly realistic crime scene training for US police officers

The unique outdoor research facility was then the only place in the world to use human cadavers to investigate the process of decomposition. Crime scenes were simulated using real human bodies to give the police officers first-hand experience of working with the dead

The training was grisly but effective, and Simon returned to the UK both impressed by what he’d seen, and with the feeling that there was potential for more than just a feature article

Over the next year, he developed the character of David Hunter, a British forensic anthropologist with a tragic past. The Chemistry of Death, the first novel in what would become a series, has been translated into 29 languages and became an international No. 1 bestseller

The first four David Hunter books have now sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. The Restless Dead, the fifth novel in the series, will be published as a Bantam Press hardback on the 6th April 2017


June 2017

June 24th: Big Book Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 16.00 - Festival website

May 2017

May 24th. The Restless Dead published in Poland as Niespokojni Zmarli, by Czarna Owca. 

May 2017

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May 23rd: A Crime Writing Quartet: Simon Beckett talks Crime writing with Luca Veste, Dave Jackson and Mark Roberts, Waterstones Liverpool, 18.30. More info/tickets 

April 2017

April 10th: Waterstones Colchester, 7.00pm

12th: Waterstones Newcastle on Tyne, 7.00pm

April 2017

6th - The new David Hunter thriller, The Restless Dead, published in the UK as a Bantam Hardback

1st-18th - The Restless Dead UK blog tour*

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March 2017

March 13-17th: Thanks to the festival organisers, book shops and actors who made the sell-out German reading tour in Munich, Regensburg, Stuttgart and Cologne a success. Special thanks to moderators Margarete von Schwarzkopf and Gunter Keil, and my German publisher Rowohlt.

February 2017

9th - Export edition of The Restless Dead polished as a Bantam trade paperback. Also available as an ebook edition

January 2017

Totenfang, the German translation of The Restless Dead, ranked No. 10 in Buchreport’s bestselling hardback of 2016, and 6th bestselling title in Germany across all genres and formats, despite only being published in October. Many thanks and congratulations to Rowohlt for making the book such a success. 

Totenfang awarded Bronze in Germany’s Der Leserpreis, 2016, a reader’s prize run by Lovelybooks.de.

November 2016

Simon’s first readings from Totenfang at the Mord am Hellweg crime festival in Unna and the Hamburg Crime Festival on November 2nd and 3rd were each attended by over 800 people. Thanks to the organisers of both festivals, moderator Günter Kiel, and actors Joe Bausch and Andreas Grötzinger for their German readings.

Restless Dead publication date

The Restless Dead will be published in the UK as a Bantam Press hardback on 6th April 2017.

Photo: Hilary Beckett