Biography

 

Maybe you’ve come to my website because you’ve already read one or two of my books. Or maybe you haven’t read any of my books and you’re wondering if they’re worth your time.

Either way, you’re probably trying to figure out who I am or you wouldn’t be poking around here.

These are a few facts for you:

  • I was born in the United States and earned a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a law degree from Georgetown University.
  • For the last thirty years or so I have lived in Sydney, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.
  • Once upon a time I practiced international law and worked the borderlines of the Pacific Rim, a place where cultures collide and governments just struggle to keep up. “Needham knows where a few bodies are buried,” Asia Inc wrote about me. I certainly hope so. I sure helped bury enough of them.
  • Through a series of accidents and coincidences too ridiculous for anyone to believe, I began writing and developing movies for American cable television.
  • When I realized how little I actually liked American cable television, I thought I’d try to figure out how to write novels instead.
  • Since then I have published eight crime novels set in the cities of Asia and the ninth is due out later this year. My first five books were published by Marshall Cavendish Ltd, a UK publisher, but about five years ago I terminated my publishing contracts with Marshall Cavendish to test the waters of independent publishing and I’ve happily been swimming around in them ever since.
  • Hundreds of thousands of copies of the English-language editions of my books have been bought and I hope enjoyed by readers worldwide and some of my titles have been translated into several foreign languages and optioned by film and television production companies. My one regret is this: the print editions of my books have never been available to readers in the United States. Not a single one.
  • I am married to a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, who for a long while was a popular columnist for the Bangkok Post and the editor of the Thai edition of Tatler Magazine. We have two sons and divide our time between homes in Thailand and the United States.

That’s it.

At least that’s all I’m going to tell you.