Simon Beckett - Author

About the Author

Simon Beckett is a freelance journalist and writes for national newspapers and colour supplements.  He is married and lives in Sheffield.

Simon Beckett questions

1. Who or what influenced you to write The Chemistry of Death?

The idea came from magazine article I was writing about the National Forensic Academy in Tennessee, an organisation that gives highly realistic forensic training to US police detectives and crime scene investigators. Part of the course involved several days at a place called The Body Farm. It’s a world-famous training ground for forensic anthropologists and the like, and is unique because it uses real human cadavers for its research. The detectives had to carry out what are known as ‘body recovery’ exercises – locating graves where supposed murder victims were buried. Even though it was staged, the bodies were real and it was treated like an actual crime scene. It made a lasting impression on me, and formed the inspiration behind the book.

2. Is Dr David Hunter’s character based on fiction or someone you know?

No, David Hunter is entirely fictional. Having said that, the forensic techniques he uses are all real, and based on information from actual forensic anthropologists.

3. What do you love most about writing?

On a good day it’s a completely absorbing process. You look at the clock and find a few hours have gone by without your realising. And there’s an undeniable buzz when people read something you’ve written, and you know it does exactly what you wanted it to. On  bad day… well, let’s not even talk about that.

4. What do you consider most difficult?

Starting a new novel – or any piece of writing come to that – is probably the hardest part for me. At that point you know all the hard work is still to come, and 100,000 words can seem like an awful lot when you’re still on Chapter One. 

5. Do you write full time now? What jobs have you held in the past?

I’ve written full time for around twelve years now. I tend to split my time between  novels and freelance journalism. I find the two complement each other pretty well, provided you organise your time properly. Before that I had a fairly varied career – everything from property repairs to playing in a band.

6. How did you first get started writing?

Good question. It’s something I’ve always been interested in, but I only really started to think of it as a potential career when I went to work in Spain. I was teaching English, but I used to write in my spare time. It took me about six years before I was finally published, though, so it was hardly an overnight thing.

7. How did you first get published?

I didn’t have an agent, so I started submitting my manuscript around publishers myself. After countless rejection slips it was picked out of the slush-pile, and within 48-hours I’d got myself both a book-deal and an agent. A real water-shed moment.

8. Where did you grow up, how did this place influence you?

I grew up – and still live in – Sheffield. It was a fairly ordinary working class background, at a time when the city was still dominated by the steel industry. But I can’t say it consciously influenced my writing – I don’t set my novels here, because I think it’s difficult to be objective about somewhere you know well. But other writers have no problem with that, so it’s just a case of different strokes, I suppose.

9. What can we expect next?

I don’t want to give away too much at this stage. But let’s just say we probably haven’t seen the last of Dr David Hunter.

Featured books by Simon Beckett

Stone Bruises

Stone Bruises

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

'Somebody!' I half-sob and then, more quietly, 'Please.' The words seem absorbed by the afternoon heat, lost amongst the trees. In their aftermath, the silence descends again. I know then that I'm not going anywhere...Sean is on the run. We don't know why and we don't know from whom, but we do know he's abandoned his battered, blood-stained car in the middle of an isolated part of rural France at the height of a sweltering summer. Desperate to avoid the police, he takes to the parched fields and country lanes but his leg is caught in a vicious animal trap. Near unconscious from pain and loss of blood, he is freed and taken in by two women - daughters of the owner of a rundown local farm with its ramshackle barn, blighted vineyard and the brooding lake. And it's then that Sean's problems really start...This nail-shredder of a thriller - like the fiction of Nicci French or Gillian Flynn - holds you from the beginning, tightening its grip as the story unfurls and shocks you with its final twist.

Stone Bruises

Stone Bruises

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2014

'Somebody!' I half-sob and then, more quietly, 'Please.' The words seem absorbed by the afternoon heat, lost amongst the trees. In their aftermath, the silence descends again. I know then that I'm not going anywhere...Sean is on the run. We don't know why and we don't know from whom, but we do know he's abandoned his battered, blood-stained car in the middle of an isolated, lonely part of rural France at the height of a sweltering summer. Desperate to avoid the police, he takes to the parched fields and country lanes only to be caught in the vicious jaws of a trap. Near unconscious from pain and loss of blood, he is freed and taken in by two women - daughters of the owner of a rundown local farm with its ramshackle barn, blighted vineyard and the brooding lake. And it's then that Sean's problems really start...Superbly written, Stone Bruises is a classic nail-shredder of a thriller that holds you from the beginning. The narrative slowly, inexorably tightens its grip as the story unfurls and will keep you guessing until the unnerving and shocking final twist...

Other books by Simon Beckett

The Restless Dead (David Hunter 5)

The Restless Dead (David Hunter 5)

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2018

With forensics detail to rival Kathy Reichs, Simon Beckett's menacing new thriller will leave you wanting more . . . Top forensics expert Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain future - his career hangs in the balance and his personal life has taken a turn for the worse. So when he gets a call from Essex police, it comes at the perfect time. A badly decomposed body has been found in the mudflats and salt marshes of the Backwaters. Could it be linked to two unsolved missing-person cases? But then more remains are discovered. And as these desolate wetlands begin to give up their grisly secrets, Hunter is reminded that it's not the dead we need to fear . . . With its eerie, claustrophobic sense of place, authentic forensics and explosive, heart-in-mouth moments, The Restless Dead is a masterclass in crime fiction.

The Restless Dead (David Hunter 5)

The Restless Dead (David Hunter 5)

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

`Composed of over sixty per cent water itself, a human body isn't naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs, before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body's buoyancy until it floats again. And the dead will literally rise . . . ` Once one of the country's most respected forensics experts, Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain professional - and personal - future. So when he gets a call from Essex police, he's eager for the chance to assist them. A badly decomposed body has been found in a desolate area of tidal mudflats and saltmarsh called the Backwaters. Under pressure to close the case, the police want Hunter to help with the recovery and identification. It's thought the remains are those of Leo Villiers, the son of a prominent businessman who vanished weeks ago. To complicate matters, it was rumoured that Villiers was having an affair with a local woman. And she too is missing. But Hunter has his doubts about the identity. He knows the condition of the unrecognizable body could hide a multitude of sins. Then more remains are discovered - and these remote wetlands begin to give up their secrets . . . With its eerie, claustrophobic sense of place, viscerally authentic detail and explosive heart-in-mouth moments, The Restless Dead offers a masterclass in crime fiction and marks the stunning return of one of the genre's best.

Restless Dead

Restless Dead

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 22/06/2017

Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Restless Dead by Simon Beckett, read by Jonathan Keeble.'Composed of over sixty per cent water itself, a human body isn't naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs, before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body's buoyancy until it floats again.And the dead will literally rise . . . 'Once one of the country's most respected forensics experts, Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain professional - and personal - future. So when he gets a call from Essex police, he's eager for the chance to assist them.A badly decomposed body has been found in a desolate area of tidal mudflats and saltmarsh called the Backwaters. Under pressure to close the case, the police want Hunter to help with the recovery and identification.It's thought the remains are those of Leo Villiers, the son of a prominent businessman who vanished weeks ago. To complicate matters, it was rumoured that Villiers was having an affair with a local woman. And she too is missing.But Hunter has his doubts about the identity. He knows the condition of the unrecognizable body could hide a multitude of sins. Then more remains are discovered - and these remote wetlands begin to give up their secrets . . . With its eerie, claustrophobic sense of place, viscerally authentic detail and explosive heart-in-mouth moments, The Restless Dead offers a masterclass in crime fiction and marks the stunning return of one of the genre's best.

The Restless Dead (David Hunter 5)

The Restless Dead (David Hunter 5)

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

`Composed of over sixty per cent water itself, a human body isn't naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs, before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body's buoyancy until it floats again. And the dead will literally rise . . . ` It was on a Friday evening that forensics consultant Dr David Hunter took the call: a Detective Inspector Lundy from the Essex force. Just up the coast from Mersea Island, near a place called Backwaters, a badly decomposed body has been found and the local police would welcome Hunter's help with the recovery and identification . . . Because they would like it to be that of Leo Villiers, the 31 year-old son of a prominent local family who went missing weeks ago, and they are under pressure to close the case. Villiers was supposed to have been having an affair with a married woman, Emma Derby. She too is missing, and the belief is that the young man disposed of his lover, and then killed himself. If only it was so straightforward. But Hunter has his doubts about the identity of the remains. The hands and feet are missing, the face no longer recognisable. Then further remains are found - and suddenly these remote wetlands are giving up yet more grisly secrets. As Hunter is slowly but surely drawn into a toxic mire of family secrets and resentments, local lies and deception, he finds himself unable, or perhaps unwilling, to escape even though he knows that the real threat comes from the living, not the dead. With its eerie and claustrophobic sense of place, explosive heart-in-mouth moments, and viscerally authentic forensics and police procedural detail, coupled with David Hunter's own uncanny ability to understand the living as much as the dead, The Restless Dead stands as a masterclass in crime fiction and marks the stunning return of one of the genre's best.

The Restless Dead (David Hunter 5)

The Restless Dead (David Hunter 5)

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2017

`Composed of over sixty per cent water itself, a human body isn't naturally buoyant. It will float only for as long as there is air in its lungs, before gradually sinking to the bottom as the air seeps out. If the water is very cold or deep, it will remain there, undergoing a slow, dark dissolution that can take years. But if the water is warm enough for bacteria to feed and multiply, then it will continue to decompose. Gases will build up in the intestines, increasing the body's buoyancy until it floats again. And the dead will literally rise . . . ` Once one of the country's most respected forensics experts, Dr David Hunter is facing an uncertain professional - and personal - future. So when he gets a call from Essex police, he's eager for the chance to assist them. A badly decomposed body has been found in a desolate area of tidal mudflats and saltmarsh called the Backwaters. Under pressure to close the case, the police want Hunter to help with the recovery and identification. It's thought the remains are those of Leo Villiers, the son of a prominent businessman who vanished weeks ago. To complicate matters, it was rumoured that Villiers was having an affair with a local woman. And she too is missing. But Hunter has his doubts about the identity. He knows the condition of the unrecognizable body could hide a multitude of sins. Then more remains are discovered - and these remote wetlands begin to give up their secrets . . . With its eerie, claustrophobic sense of place, viscerally authentic detail and explosive heart-in-mouth moments, The Restless Dead offers a masterclass in crime fiction and marks the stunning return of one of the genre's best.

Schneefall & Ein ganz normaler Tag

Schneefall & Ein ganz normaler Tag

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 21/10/2016

Ein wunderbar ausgestattetes Bandchen: Zwei weihnachtliche Kriminalgeschichten mit David Hunter. Ein ganz normaler TagDetective Chief Superintendent Nichols ist sich ganz sicher: Der Obdachlose war schuld! Er hatte die alte Frau um Geld angebettelt und dann erschlagen. Und das am Heiligabend. Auf Anraten der Pathologin zieht er David Hunter zu Rate. Widerwillig. Als ob er geahnt htte, dass der ihm das Weihnachtsfest verderben wrde SchneefallIn den Schottischen Highlands wird ein Serienmrder gejagt. Dann findet man zwei Leichen im Schnee. Und niemand hrt gerne, was der forensische Anthropologe dazu sagt Zwei Weihnachtskrimis mit David Hunter.

Totenfang

Totenfang

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2016

Hunter is back!Sein fnfter Fall fhrt Dr. David Hunter in die Backwaters, ein unwirtliches Mndungsgebiet in Essex, wo die Grenzen zwischen Land und Wasser verschwimmen. Aber die wahren Gefahren lauern nicht in der Tiefe, sondern dort, wo er sie am wenigsten erwartet. Seit ber einem Monat ist der 31-jhrige Leo Villiers spurlos verschwunden. Als an einer Flussmndung zwischen Seetang und Schlamm eine stark verweste Mnnerleiche gefunden wird, geht die Polizei davon aus, Leo gefunden zu haben. Der Spross der einflussreichsten Familie der Gegend soll eine Affre mit einer verheirateten Frau gehabt haben, die ebenfalls als vermisst gilt: Leo steht im Verdacht, Emma Darby und schlielich sich selbst umgebracht zu haben. Doch David Hunter kommen Zweifel an der Identitt des Toten. Denn tags darauf treibt ein einzelner Fu im Wasser, und der gehrt definitiv zu einer anderen Leiche. Fr die Zeit seines Aufenthalts kommt David Hunter in einem abgeschiedenen Bootshaus unter. Es gehrt Andrew Trask, dessen Familie ihm mit unverhohlener Feindseligkeit begegnet. Aber sie scheinen nicht die Einzigen im Ort zu sein, die etwas zu verbergen haben. Und noch ehe der forensische Anthropologe das Rtsel um den unbekannten Toten lsen kann, fordert die erbarmungslose Wasserlandschaft erneut ihren Tribut

Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 19/11/2015

Some moments burn in the mind for ever. The landing is dark. Light comes from a window at the far end, enough to run by. Breath comes hard. From the stairs sound heavy footfalls in pursuit. The landing ends in a last doorway. There is no more running, only the need to hide...Imagine not knowing the father of your child. Not knowing his name. What he looks like. Or what sort of person he is. Although she is desperate for a baby, that is something that Kate Powell cannot accept. Single, independent, she likes to be in control of her own life - even if it has, somehow, become strangely shallow and meaningless. Then Kate meets a man who seems to be the answer to all her problems. But we all know appearances can be dangerously deceptive. And Kate should too. Soon her life is out her hands. And out of control...

Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2015

Some moments burn in the mind for ever. The landing is dark. Light comes from a window at the far end, enough to run by. Breath comes hard. From the stairs sound heavy footfalls in pursuit. The landing ends in a last doorway. There is no more running, only the need to hide... Imagine not knowing the father of your child. Not knowing his name. What he looks like. Or what sort of person he is. Although she is desperate for a baby, that is something that Kate Powell cannot accept. Single, independent, she likes to be in control of her own life - even if it has, somehow, become strangely shallow and meaningless. Then Kate meets a man who seems to be the answer to all her problems. But we all know appearances can be dangerously deceptive. And Kate should too. Soon her life is out her hands. And out of control...

Stone Bruises

Stone Bruises

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

'Somebody!' I half-sob and then, more quietly, 'Please.' The words seem absorbed by the afternoon heat, lost amongst the trees. In their aftermath, the silence descends again. I know then that I'm not going anywhere... Sean is on the run. We don't know why and we don't know from whom, but we do know he's abandoned his battered, blood-stained car in the middle of an isolated part of rural France at the height of a sweltering summer. Desperate to avoid the police, he takes to the parched fields and country lanes but his leg is caught in a vicious animal trap. Near unconscious from pain and loss of blood, he is freed and taken in by two women - daughters of the owner of a rundown local farm with its ramshackle barn, blighted vineyard and the brooding lake. And it's then that Sean's problems really start... This nail-shredder of a thriller - like the fiction of Nicci French or Gillian Flynn - holds you from the beginning, tightening its grip as the story unfurls and shocks you with its final twist.

Stone Bruises

Stone Bruises

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

'Somebody!' I half-sob and then, more quietly, 'Please.' The words seem absorbed by the afternoon heat, lost amongst the trees. In their aftermath, the silence descends again. I know then that I'm not going anywhere...Sean is on the run. We don't know why and we don't know from whom, but we do know he's abandoned his battered, blood-stained car in the middle of an isolated part of rural France at the height of a sweltering summer. Desperate to avoid the police, he takes to the parched fields and country lanes but his leg is caught in a vicious animal trap. Near unconscious from pain and loss of blood, he is freed and taken in by two women - daughters of the owner of a rundown local farm with its ramshackle barn, blighted vineyard and the brooding lake. And it's then that Sean's problems really start...This nail-shredder of a thriller - like the fiction of Nicci French or Gillian Flynn - holds you from the beginning, tightening its grip as the story unfurls and shocks you with its final twist.

Der Hof

Der Hof

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2014

Bestsellerautor Simon Beckett von seiner besten Seite: Psychologische Hochspannung der Meisterklasse!Ein abgelegener, heruntergekommener Hof in Sdfrankreich. Es ist brtend hei Fliegen umschwirren die grunzenden, halbwilden Schweine, die im Dreck nach Futter stbern. In der bauflligen Scheune liegt der junge Englnder Sean mit einem zerfetzten Fu Auf der Flucht vor der Polizei ist er in eine rostige Eisenfalle getreten, aufgestellt von Arnaud, dem Besitzer des Hofs, einem Eigenbrtler, der keine Fremden auf seinem Besitz duldet. Sean darf dennoch bleiben - wenn er mithilft, die maroden alten Wnde neu zu mauern. Er nimmt das Angebot an, denn eine Rckkehr nach England kann er nicht riskieren - und auch wegen Arnauds Tochter Mathilde, die ihn so hingebungsvoll pflegt. Aber deren verfhrerische kleine Schwester ist vllig unberechenbar, ebenso wie der tyrannische Arnaud. Irgendetwas stimmt hier ganz und gar nicht, und Sean will es herausfinden. Doch die Arnauds haben ihre Geheimnisse, und der Alte setzt alles daran, dass sie niemals ans Licht kommen. Die David-Hunter-Thriller in chronologischer Reihenfolge: Die Chemie des Todes, Kalte Asche, Leichenblsse, Verwesung

Katz und Maus

Katz und Maus

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

Eigentlich hat David Hunter die Folgen des Uberfalls vor einigen Jahren verarbeitet. Dachte er. Aber dann findet er vor seiner Haustur eine Reisetasche mit grauenvollem Inhalt, und die Vergangenheit meldet sich zuruck ... Eine David-Hunter-Geschichte, spannend und kurzweilig.

Verwesung

Verwesung

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 24/02/2011

Von Tina Williams und den Bennett-Zwillingen fehlt jede Spur. Die Bewohner von Dartmoor bangen um ihre Kinder. Als der Auenseiter Jerome Monk bei dem Uberfall auf ein viertes Madchen gefasst wird und die Morde gesteht, sind alle erleichtert. Doch Monk weigert sich zu verraten, wo die Opfer begraben sind. Bis in den Smpfen von Dartmoor eine Leiche gefunden wird. David Hunter kann Tina Williams identifizieren. Mit Hilfe der Profilerin Sophie versuchen David und sein Freund Detective Terry Connors, auch die anderen beiden Mdchen zu finden. Eine groangelegte Suchaktion im Moor endet jedoch in einem Desaster. Acht Jahre spter bricht Jerome Monk aus dem Hochsicherheitsgefngnis aus und scheint sich an allen, die damals an der Suche beteiligt waren, rchen zu wollen. Vor allem an Sophie, die ihm damals ihre Hilfe angeboten hat. David versucht, ihn zu stoppen, doch Monk kennt das Dartmoor besser als jeder andere ... "e;Becketts Psychothriller sind so unglaublich spannend, dass man mit klopfendem Herzen dasitzt und bei jedem kleinsten Gerusch aufschreckt."e; (stern.de)

Tiere

Tiere

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 24/02/2011

Manche Menschen sind Tiere. Nigel ist sicherlich nicht der Hellste. Aber er ist meistens ganz guter Laune. Im Bro gibt es immer etwas zu kopieren, und auerdem sind da Cheryl und Karen. Auch im Pub, das seine Eltern frher fhrten und in dem Nigel jetzt wohnt, fhlt er sich wohl. Es gibt hier zwar kein Bier und keine Zigaretten mehr, aber Nigel interessiert sich sowieso mehr fr Fernsehen und Comics. Und dann ist da noch der Keller. Hier hlt Nigel seine Mitbewohner. Dass die nicht freiwillig da unten wohnen, strt Nigel nicht Ausgezeichnet mit dem "e;Marlowe"e; der Raymond Chandler Society als "e;Bester internationaler Spannungsroman"e;.

Die Chemie des Todes

Die Chemie des Todes

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2010

Sterben kann ewig dauern ... aber der menschliche Krper beginnt kaum fnf Minuten nach dem Tod zu verwesen - und wird dann zu einem gigantischen Festschmaus fr andere Organismen. Zuerst fr Bakterien, dann fr Insekten. Fliegen. Die Larven verlassen die Leiche in Reih und Glied, in einer Schlangenlinie, die sich immer nach Sden bewegt. Ein Anblick, der jeden dazu veranlassen wrde, das Phnomen zu seinem Ursprung zurckzuverfolgen. Und so entdecken die Yates-Brder, was von Sally Palmer brig geblieben war ... Die Tote war Schriftstellerin, eine Auenseiterin in Devonshire. Verdchtiger Nummer eins ist der schweigsame Fremde im Dorf, ein Dr. David Hunter. Doch es stellt sich heraus, dass er frher Englands berhmtester Rechtsmediziner war, und die Polizei bittet ihn um Untersttzung. Gerade als seine Analysen zeigen, dass die Ermordete vor ihrem Tod tagelang gefoltert wurde, verschwindet eine weitere junge Frau. Eine fieberhafte Suche beginnt. Gleichzeitig bricht im Dorf eine Hexenjagd los. Der Pfarrer, ein kncherner Fanatiker, hetzt die Leute auf, und David ist Zielscheibe seiner Hasspredigten ... "e;Die Chemie des Todes ist auf jeden Fall der beste Thriller, den ich in diesem Jahr gelesen habe. Ich konnte ihn nicht mehr aus der Hand legen."e; (Tess Gerritsen)"e;Ich fand Die Chemie des Todes einfach berwltigend gut - und so wunderbar unheimlich "e; (Mo Hayder)"e;Ein ungemein spannender Roman fr heie Sommertage, wenn rundum Fliegen surren und ein leichter Modergeruch in der Luft liegt."e; (Deutschlandradio)

Voyeur

Voyeur

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2010

Du gehorst mir. Fr den Londoner Galeristen Donald Ramsey ist Leidenschaft ein Fremdwort. Die Schnheit von Frauen bewundert er nur in Kunstwerken. Sein pltzliches Interesse an Anna, der neuen Assistentin, ist daher ungewohnt fr ihn. So ungewohnt, dass Donald jemanden anheuert, um die junge Frau verfhren zu lassen: Zeppo ist fr diesen Job wie geschaffen - attraktiv, charmant und vollkommen skrupellos. Eine perfekte Intrige nimmt ihren Lauf. Doch Menschen sind keine Gemlde. Und ihr Preis hat nichts mit Geld zu tun Wenn Besessenheit zum Mord fhrt: die Geschichte einer sexuellen Obsession.

Whispers of the Dead (David Hunter 3)

Whispers of the Dead (David Hunter 3)

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2010

In plain black letters were the words Anthropological Research Facility,' but it was better known but another, less formal name. Most people just called it The Body Farm. The victim has been bound and torturer, the body decomposed beyond recognition... A second body is found. A nightmare is about to begin... A serial killer is at work and the death toll is rising... A brutal abduction - a helpless victim is taken... And for forensics expert David Hunter, it's become a terrifying race against time.

Whispers of the Dead (David Hunter 3)

Whispers of the Dead (David Hunter 3)

Author: Simon Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2010

The victim has been bound and tortured, the body decomposed beyond recognition...A second body is found. A nightmare is about to begin...A serial killer is at work and the death toll is rising...A brutal abduction - a helpless victim is taken...And for forensics expert David Hunter, it's become a terrifying race against time.

Leichenblasse

Leichenblasse

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2009

Bei seinem letzten Einsatz ist der forensische Anthropologe David Hunter nur knapp dem Tod entronnen. Von einer vollstandigen Genesung ist er weit entfernt. Ihn qualt die Frage, ob er seinem Beruf noch gewachsen ist. Zunachst sagt David alle neuen Auftrage ab, dennoch kommt er nicht zur Ruhe. Er beschliet, einen Forschungsaufenthalt auf der "e;Body Farm"e; in Tennessee einzulegen - einer bekannten Akademie fur forensische Anthropologie, an der er vor vielen Jahren sein Handwerk erlernt hat. Dort trifft David seinen Mentor Tom Lieberman wieder. Tom bittet ihn, ihm bei einem schwierigen Fall zu helfen. Das Opfer wurde gefoltert, die Leiche ist bis zur Unkenntlichkeit zersetzt - weit starker, als es der Fall sein durfte. Am Tatort finden sich Fingerabdrucke, der Tater scheint festzustehen. Doch schon bald stellt sich heraus, dass nichts so ist, wie es auf den ersten Blick aussieht... "e;Leichenblsse der neue Thriller von Simon Beckett, geht wie seine Vorgnger unter die Haut. Spannend und tiefgrndig!"e; (Freundin)

Kalte Asche

Kalte Asche

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2009

Asche zu Asche, Staub zu Staub, Leben zu TodAsche ist alles, was von ihr brig geblieben ist. Fast alles. Als der Rechtsmediziner David Hunter die berreste der Frau in einem verfallenen Cottage auf der schottischen Insel Runa zum ersten Mal erblickt, wei er sofort: Dieser Tod war kein Unfall. Er will seine Erkenntnisse dem Superintendent mitteilen, doch die Leitung bleibt tot. Ein Sturm hat die Insel von der Auenwelt abgeschnitten. Da geschieht ein weiterer Mord ... "e;Die Chemie des Todes"e; ist der beste Thriller, den ich seit langem gelesen habe. Simon Beckett schreibt atemberaubend gut, sein Stil hat einfach diese gewisse Magie, der man hoffnungslos verfllt."e; (Tess Gerritsen)

Obsession

Obsession

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2009

Ein Kind, das schweigt. Ein Geheimnis, das totet. Als seine Frau unvermutet stirbt, ist Ben am Boden zerstrt. Allein Jacob, Sarahs autistischer Sohn, spendet ihm Trost. Doch whrend Ben die gemeinsame Wohnung aufrumt, macht er eine ungeheuerliche Entdeckung: Jacob war gar nicht Sarahs leibliches Kind. Offenbar hatte sie den Jungen entfhrt, als der noch ein Baby war. Fassungslos informiert Ben die Behrden, die Jacobs leiblichen Vater schnell ermitteln. Keiner ahnt, dass damit eine Lawine tdlicher Obsessionen ins Rollen gebracht wird. Simon Beckett ist einer der erfolgreichsten Autoren der Gegenwart. Allein in Deutschland verkauften sich seine Bcher millionenfach.

Flammenbrut

Flammenbrut

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2009

Mein Feuer wird dich verbrennen. Die junge Geschftsfrau Kate Powell steht mit beiden Beinen erfolgreich im Leben. Aber ihr sehnlichster Wunsch blieb bisher unerfllt: ein Kind. Ein anonymer Spender kommt fr Kate nicht in Frage. Also gibt sie eine Annonce auf, um einen geeigneten Vater zu finden. Alex Turner scheint der perfekte Kandidat. Aber das uere eines Menschen kann ein gefhrliches Trugbild sein - manchmal sogar ein lebensgefhrliches

Chemistry of Death

Chemistry of Death

Author: Simon Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 26/01/2006

When the bizarrely mutilated and long-dead body of a young woman is found in a ditch in Manham, an isolated and insular village in the Norfolk marshlands, it isn't just the fact that she had been a friend that disturbs Dr David Hunter. He was once a high-profile forensic anthropologist and all too familiar with the different faces of death, until a devastating personal tragedy made him turn his back on his former life and career. Now hidden away as a country doctor, Hunter's past is a secret he hopes will remain buried. So when he's asked by the police to use his arcane skills to help track down the killer, he's reluctant to become involved, knowing this will only stir up the painful memories he's been trying so hard to forget. Then another young woman disappears, and Manham is plunged into a fog of fear and paranoia that threatens to tear it apart. And no one seems exempt from suspicion as the twisted killings continue. And as the once peaceful community is riven by fear and mistrust, David Hunter realises it will take all his knowledge and expertise if the killer is to be stopped. But not even he is prepared for the terrible cost that will exact - or the awful price that failure threatens to bring...

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