Biography

Maybe you’ve come to my web site 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 graduated from Rice University and the Georgetown University Law Center.
  • For the last twenty-five years or so I have lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, 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 certainly knows where a few bodies are buried,” Asia Inc said about me. I certainly hope so. I helped to 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 seven crime novels set in the cities of contemporary Asia and the eighth is due out in September 2014. The English-language editions of my books have been distributed in most international markets and  translated into three  languages. Hundreds of thousands of copies have been enjoyed by readers worldwide. Sadly, however, none of my books have ever been sold in North American other than in their ebook editions.
  • 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.