After studying English at Oxford University, travelling in Greyhound buses around the USA and driving from the UK to Nepal in a VW van, he finally ended up working in Athens. In 1980 he ran an archeological tour company on the island of Crete during which time his father died and he returned to London and took the first job that came his way in shipping.
Having turned down a job opening a shipbroker’s office in Houston and cycled 5000 miles around France, Spain and Portugal. After his return to London he took a job in advertising where he wrote sales training videos and eventually became MD. He married in 1986 and the following year drove a VW van with his wife from London to Mombassa through the Sahara desert and the mud holes of Zaire.
In 1989 he and his wife moved to Portugal where they eventually bought a farmhouse in the Alentejo region and he started to write crime novels. In 1999 he won the Gold Dagger for A Small Death in Lisbon. In 2012 the first two Falcon novels were made into TV movies for Sky Atlantic. The Ignorance of Blood is currently in production in Spain. He has now completed twelve novels.
Gold - 1999 A Small Death in Lisbon
International Deutsche Krimi Prize 2003 for A Small Death in Lisbon. Gumshoe Best European Crime Novel for The Vanished Hands 2006.