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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 24th. The Restless Dead published in Poland as Niespokojni Zmarli, by Czarna Owca.
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.
9th - Export edition of The Restless Dead polished as a Bantam trade paperback. Also available as an ebook edition
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.