, grandson of J. R. R. Tolkien, studied Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford and then went on to become a successful barrister specializing in criminal justice where according to British custom he appeared on behalf of both the prosecution and the defense. He now lives with his wife and two children in Southern California.
Simonís first novel, titled Final Witness in
American publication, was published by Random House in 2002 and has
been translated into eight languages. His second novel, The
Inheritance, was published by Minotaur Books on April 13. Although
he has always admired his grandfatherís books, Simonís own writing
draws more heavily from his experiences as a trial lawyer and his
abiding interest in modern European history, the legal and social
politics of 20th century British society.