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Joint winner of the European Crime Fiction Star Ripper Award 2018/19.

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In the summer of 2002, author and freelance journalist Simon Beckett visited the Body Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Outdoor Forensic Anthropology Research Facility was then the only place in the world to use human cadavers to investigate the process of decomposition.

Simon spent several days in the heat and flies, shadowing a group of US police officers as they were trained to process a murder scene, and observing forensic anthropologists at work.

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It was a memorable experience that formed the inspiration for The Chemistry of Death, the first in the series of novels about damaged British forensic anthropologist Dr David Hunter.

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‘The Restless Dead is a deep dive into darkness. Simon Beckett's masterful storytelling and macabre forensic details make his novels utterly chilling reads.’
TESS GERRITSEN

‘Brilliant. One of the best novels I've read all year.’
MARTINA COLE

‘Simon Beckett's talent for describing the everyday and usually mundane in an elegant manner makes Stone Bruises a great read.’
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Simon’s books have now sold over 10 million copies worldwide, been translated into 29 languages, and become Sunday Times and No.1 international bestsellers.

Welcome to the world of David Hunter