Peter James is one of our stars. He’s a colourful character with a fund of tales to tell, a petrolhead, gourmet and food critic, film producer and patron of numerous societies and organisations.
On top of that, he has written a string of more than two dozen novels, including the series of Roy Grace books that normally go straight to the top of the bestseller lists, not least with six consecutive Sunday Times number one sellers, as well as bestsellers in many of the more than thirty languages his books have been translated into.
He also has the honour of having written the first ever e-book when his novel Host was published both in print and on two floppy discs (our older readers will remember those), which aroused a furore at the time as the end of the novel as we know it was immediately predicted.
A staunch supporter of the police, he and his publisher some years ago donated a car to his local police force in Sussex and the Peter James-branded car can be seen in use by the force in Brighton, where he lives, splitting his time between Sussex and London.
He’s certainly a busy man, has also been chairman of the Crime Writers Association (and advocated the idea establishing an Icelandic CWA chapter) for two terms and is a board member of International Thriller Writers in the USA, in addition to writing books, driving fast cars and being in demand as a speaker. He’s a wonderful raconteur and his spot at Iceland Noir is certainly something to look forward to.