A CBE and author of several best-selling books, most famously ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'', and ''Literature/TheOdessaFile''. These two were adapted into reasonably good films. Others have been adapted with less successful results. Also wrote ''TheDogsOfWar'', and the short story "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2_bLEqmBi0 The Shepherd]]". Very well-known for his use of {{Twist Ending}}s, usually regarding the identity or motivation of a particular character.

His latest books are ''The Cobra'' and ''The Kill List''.

He is a high-profile supporter of the Conservative Party.