In 1988 in America he won an Edgar Alan Poe award, and was recently given a lifetime achievement award by the US organisation ‘Malice Domestic.’
For fifteen years he was ‘The Times’ crime critic establishing a reputation as one of this country’s finest assessors of the genre. He has also published several non-fiction titles ranging from ‘100 Best Crimes’, ‘Sherlock Holmes, the Man and His World’ to ‘How to Write Crime Fiction’ an A&C Black title which remains constantly in print.
Having concentrated on Inspector Ghote for more than 20 titles he began a series about British detectives with ‘The Good Detective’, ‘The Bad Detective’, ‘The Soft Detective’ and the ‘Hard Detective’, this last featuring Detective Superintendent Harriet Martens. She featured in a series of seven novels but he has now returned to Inspector Ghote. The first of a new series, ‘Inspector Ghote’s First Case’, was published in May 2008 by Allison and Busby. The second ‘A Small case for inspector Ghote?’ appeared in May 2009.
Harry was President of the elite Detection Club for 17 years and during that time was also Chairman of the Society of Authors. Earlier he was the Chairman of the Crime Writers Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
On a lighter note he has entirely, through his pen, supported his wife – the actor Sheila Mitchell – and four children who have produced nine grandchildren.