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Simon taught English as a foreign language in Spain, installed cavity wall installation, and played in various unsuccessful bands before becoming a freelance journalist and author.

In 2002, a commission to write a feature on highly realistic crime scene training for US police officers led him to the Body Farm in Tennessee. This provided an eye-opening glimpse into the work of forensic anthropologists and formed the inspiration behind his internationally bestselling David Hunter crime thrillers.

The series has been translated into 29 languages. Simon’s novels have appeared in The Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller list and become No.1 international bestsellers, selling 12 million copies worldwide.

As well as the David Hunter series, he is the author of five standalone thrillers: Fine Lines, Animals, Where There’s Smoke, Owning Jacob, and most recently The Lost. The first in the  Jonah Colley series, The Lost spent 5 weeks at No. 1 in Germany’s Der Spiegel hardback fiction charts before its UK publication.


Simon Beckett Ripper Award

Joint winner of the 2019 European Crime Fiction Star (‘Ripper’) Award with Swedish crime novelist Arne Dahl.

Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year.

Twice shortlisted for the European Star Crime Fiction Award.

Die Chemie Des Todos CD edition

In October 2016 the audiobook of The Chemistry of Death was awarded a Platinum disc from the German music industry for reaching 200,000 sales. The German audiobooks of both The Chemistry of Death and Written in Bone have previously received Gold discs for 100,000 sales.


Totenfang awarded Bronze in Germany’s Der Leserpreis, 2016, a reader’s prize run by

Winner of the 2012 Hercules German Audiobook award.

Winner of the ‘Marlowe’ Award for Best International Crime Novel, 1996.

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