Three weeks at No.1 in the SPEIGEL bestseller charts for the German hardback of The Scent of Death.
Joint winner of the European Crime Fiction Star Ripper Award 2018/19.
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.
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.
‘Brilliantly original … Simon's first crime novel, The Chemistry of Death, blew me away and he just gets better by the book!’
‘Simon Beckett's masterful storytelling and macabre forensic details make his novels utterly chilling.’
‘The forensics are chillingly authentic, the writing is both taut and beautifully atmospheric.’
‘Terrifying… Rarely have the mechanics of suspense been so effectively realized outside an Alfred Hitchcock movie.’
THE DAILY EXPRESS
‘Beckett is one of the country's best crime writers… His books are intelligent, beautifully written and utterly gripping.’
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.