If you are not familiar with Simon, he started out as a travel writer, working on the Rough Guides to China, Beijing and Shanghai, also writing for newspapers and magazines. Then he moved into fiction with the backpacker novel Go. However, Bad Traffic, his second novel has certainly caught the eyes of those in the crime fiction community in the UK (see MSM reviews at The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent). It’s now been sold in the US, as well the film rights.
Bad Traffic‘s key originality comes from seeing the landscape and culture of the UK through the eyes of two Chinese men. It reflects on our contemporary world with a plot that revolves around people trafficking and snakehead gangs. Finally for now, it’s a stomping good read that makes you think.
My plan to outline the story of what’s been happening at agency PFD has fallen into the w/c 7/7, later in the week.
(Updated: 5/7. There was more than one element of inconvenience at chez crimefic during the last week. But I shall not moan here…)