meet jake NeedhaM
'Jake Needham is Michael Connelly
with steamed rice.'
-- The Bangkok Post
'Jake Needham is the best known American writer almost no one
in America has
ever heard of.'
-- Hong Kong Magazine
Once upon a time, I was a screen and television writer, but I started writing crime and spy novels when I realized I really didn’t like movies and television all that much. Since then, I've published eleven books, all of them set in the cities of contemporary Asia.
I may be an American novelist, but my books are far better known in Europe and Asia than they are in the United States. My novels have been popular best-sellers in Europe and Asia going back twenty years now, but none of them has ever been published in the United States. Maybe that's what Hong Kong Magazine meant by its slightly painful observation above about whatever public distinction my eleven books may have brought me. I certainly hope it is.
My wife, our two sons, and I have divided our lives for many years between homes in the US and Bangkok. The romantic notion of the American expatriate novelist living an exciting life in some exotic land pretty much disappeared after Hemingway and Fitzgerald abandoned Paris, but I'm doing my very best to keep the concept alive.
Here's where we live.
And these are the people we live there with.
Now let's see, what else would you like to know?
I was born in Texas, graduated from Rice University and the Georgetown University Law Center, and was subsequently admitted to the bar in Washington DC, New York, and Texas. After that, I practiced international law and eventually ended up living and working in Asia for nearly thirty years.
A popular Asian magazine once said this about me: "Needham certainly knows where a few bodies are buried." Of course, I do. I'm the guy who buried a bunch of them.
At least, that's all I'm going to tell you.