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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


May 2017

May 23rd: Waterstones Liverpool. Panel with crime writers Dave Roberts, Mark Roberts and Luca Veste, Waterstones Liverpool, 7.00pm

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.

October 2016

26th – Totenfang No.3 in Germany’s Spiegel bestseller list. 23rd – A marathon 2 hour signing at the Frankfurt Book Fair sold out all 400 copies of Totenfang. A big thank you to the readers who queued patiently from before 9.00 in the morning. 21st – Simon and German actor Johannes Steck were presented with a Platinum Disc at the Frankfurt Book Fair after the German audiobook of The Chemistry of Death (Die Chemie des Todes) reached 200,000 sales. It’s an incredible achievement, so congratulations and many thanks to Johannes and publishers Audiobuch. 14th – The fifth David Hunter novel, The Restless Dead, is pubished in Germany as a Wunderlich hardback.

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