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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
November 201721st October - Göttingen Crime Reading East-Frisia Crime Festival 20th - Leer 19th - Aurich
October 201717th - 20th October - Austrian tour: 17th, Vienna Kriminacht Festival; 18th. Linz Literursalon, 19th Salzburg Krimifest, 20th Tyrol Crime Festival, Innsbruck. 15th October - Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield. In conversation with thriller writer Mick Herron, moderated by Harriet Earle. Millennium Gallery, 4pm 12th October - Frinton-on-Sea Literary Festival. In conversation with historical thriller writer Antonia Hodgson. Frinton Tennis Club, 7pm. 5th October - Totenfang/The Restless Dead reaches no. 2 on the Germany’s Speigel Paperback Bestseller Charts.
September 201722nd September - Totenfang, the German translation of The Restless Dead, is published by Rowohlt Taschenbuch
June 2017June 24th: Big Book Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 16.00 - Festival website
May 24th. The Restless Dead published in Poland as Niespokojni Zmarli, by Czarna Owca.
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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 10th: Waterstones Colchester, 7.00pm
12th: Waterstones Newcastle on Tyne, 7.00pm
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*
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.