Derek Lambert (author)

Derek Lambert (author)

Derek (William) Lambert (10 October 1929 – 10 April 2001.)[1] was educated at Epsom College and was both an author of thrillers in his own name, writing also as Richard Falkirk,[2][3] and a journalist.

As a foreign correspondent for the Daily Express, he spent time in many exotic locales that he later used as settings in his novels, the first of which, Angels in the Snow, was published in 1969.

His 1975 novel Touch the Lion's Paw was adapted to film as Rough Cut.



Novels (as Derek Lambert)

  • Angels in the Snow [1969]
  • The Kites of War [1969]
  • For Infamous Conduct [1970]
  • Grand Slam [1971]
  • The Red House [1972]
  • The Yermakov Transfer [1974]
  • Touch the Lion's Paw [1975]
  • The Saint Peter's Plot [1978]
  • The Memory Man [1979]
  • I, Said the Spy [1980]
  • Trance [1981]
  • The Red Dove [1982]
  • The Judas Code [1983]
  • The Golden Express [1984]
  • The Man Who Was Saturday [1985]
  • Vendetta [1986]
  • Chase [1987]
  • Triad [1987]
  • The Night and the City [1990]
  • The Gate and the Sun [1990]
  • The Banya [1991]
  • Horrorscope [1993]
  • Diamond Express [1994]
  • The Killing House [1997]

Novels (as Richard Falkirk)

  • The Chill Factor [1971]
  • The Twisted Wire [1972]

Blackstone novels (as Richard Falkirk)

A "Historical whodunnit" series, focusing on a Bow Street Runner in 1820's London

  • Blackstone [1972]
  • Blackstone's Fancy [1973]
  • Beau Blackstone [1974]
  • Blackstone and the Scourge of Europe [1974]
  • Blackstone Underground [1976]
  • Blackstone on Broadway [1977]

Non-fiction (as Derek Lambert)

  • The Sheltered Days [1965]
  • Don't Quote Me But [1979]
  • And I Quote [1980]
  • Unquote [1981]
  • Just Like the Blitz [1987]
  • Spanish Lessons [2000]


  1. ^ "Obituaries – Derek Lambert". The Daily Telegraph. UK. 22 November 2001. Retrieved 29 August 2007. "Lambert made no claims for his books, which he often wrote in five weeks, simply dismissing them as pot-boilers; but in 1988 the veteran American journalist Martha Gellhorn paid tribute in The Daily Telegraph to his intricate plotting and skilful use of factual material. It appealed, she declared, to a universal hunger for "pure unadulterated storytelling", of the sort supplied by storytellers in a bazaar." 
  2. ^ Lambert used the name Richard Falkirk for his Bow Street Runners series of books
  3. ^ Adrian, Jack (31 July 2001). "Derek Lambert (Obituary)". The Independent (UK). Retrieved 9 July 2010. "Derek Lambert was born in 1929 and educated at Epsom College, Surrey. His childhood and early teens spent during the Second World War were amusingly, at times movingly, described in his 1965 memoir, The Sheltered Days" 

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