Tony Broadbent was born in Windsor, England. Grew up in Burnham, Buckinghamshire. Attended Burnham Grammar School (as did Tracey Ullman and Jimmy Carr...so the place was obviously a lot of laughs). He graduated from the London College of Printing—rated one of the top design colleges in the world. And then worked as a copywriter and creative director at international advertising agencies in London, New York, and San Francisco—where he then opened his own agency.
His debut novel The Smoke won critical acclaim. Booklist named Spectres In The Smoke—the second title in the series..."one of the best Spy Novels of 2006". He is a Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award Winner, a Macavity/Sue Feder Historical Award Nominee, a San Francisco Library Laureate, and a member of the Faculty of the acclaimed Mystery Writers Conference, held annually at Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA. He's also a member of Mystery Writers of America.
In addition to 'The Smoke Series' of novels, Tony has written short stories—one a contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson; the other, a moment in time for a NYPD bomb disposal officer—and a stand-alone novel that touches upon the early days of The Beatles: The One After 9:09—A Mystery With A Backbeat
He also works as a consulting Brand Strategist and advises on Creative Thinking with BrandAdvocates. Tony is married to a dark-eyed American beauty and currently lives in North Carolina—the shallow end of the Deep South.
To see Tony talk about 'The Smoke' series of novels click here
What's the inspiration for Jethro, your suave cat-burgling protagonist? "The next Jethro 'London Creeping Narrative' is called Skylon In The Smoke and is set against the backdrop of the Festival of Britain in 1951. After that there are stories set against the Killer Fog of 1952 and the Queen's Coronation in 1953." Read more...
Each of the books explores a distinct aspect of post-war austerity, adversity, and survival. Is there a historical arc intended in the books? "The arc of The Smoke novels stretches from the late Forties through to end of the Fifties. Postwar Britain seemed immeasurably grey and forever frozen in black and white—and not only because of newsreels and newspaper photographs of the period." Read more...
How did you come up with the idea of Jethro as a character? "He's based on the father of an old friend of mine who apparently really was an honest to goodness cat burglar in and around London after the War." Read more...
Tony's interview with Rick Kleffel of bookotron.com
From The Rap Sheet blog: An Appreciation of Len Deighton's Funeral in Berlin (pdf)
From The Lineup—The MWA NorCal Chapter Newsletter: An Appreciation of Ian Fleming on the Centenary of his birth (pdf)