Anne’s publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman published in 1979. This was the first book in the series, which features the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt, and his well-born wife Charlotte. It was adapted for television and broadcast by ITV in 1998.
There are now 25 titles in this series; arguably the longest sustained crime series by a living writer. Southampton Row in the same series appeared at No. 5 on the New York Times bestseller list, and Anne was selected by the London Times as one of the twentieth century’s “100 Masters of Crime”.
None of her books has ever been out of print, and they have received critical acclaim and huge popular success: 26 million copies are in print world-wide. In France, all but one of her books has been on the top ten-bestseller list. Her books are published in 13 foreign languages, and have also appeared on bestseller lists in Germany and Canada.
In 1990, Anne started a second series of detective novels with The Face of a Stranger. These are set about 30 years earlier, and feature the private detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. The most recent of these (16th in the series) is Execution Dock (February 2009), which also appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. These have enjoyed the same success as the other series.
Anne won an Edgar Award in 2000 with her short story Heroes. The main character in the story features in an ambitious new five-book series set during the First World War.
April 2010 saw the publication of the long awaited stand-alone The Sheen on Silk, an epic story set in the gorgeous, cosmopolitan and enlightened city of Byzantium in the twilight years of its Empire, with a heart-stopping love story at its core and a deep spiritual quest.