– My latest novel, Secrets of the Dead, was published in September by Arrow. It’s a multi-stranded thriller that slips between the career of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, and the criminal chaos of the modern Balkans. Crime Time’s own Barry Forshaw picked it as one of his dozen best crime and thriller books of 2011 in The Independent.

– In June, I attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in recognition for my work chairing the Crime Writers’ Association. Being a thriller writer, I spent half the time stuffing my face with cake, and the other half storing up details in case I ever have to write a scene of someone breaking in. I still don’t know if the guys in baseball caps on the roof were armed.

– Professionally, the big news this year was that I moved publishers. After ten great years with Random House, I’m following my legendary editor Oliver Johnson to Hodder. A big change for an author, though hopefully readers won’t notice any difference. The first book will come out in March 2013, a big thriller taking in modern archaeology, ancient philosophy, mysticism and the collapse of western civilisation.

– I joined the Twittersphere as @tomharperauthor. 140-character notes make a nice change of pace from writing 130,000 word novels.

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