In 2009, Whispers of the Dead, his latest book, sold 300,000 copies in hardback alone in Germany and about 200,000 elsewhere, it also reached No 2 in Poland and was a best seller in Sweden and Italy.
And there will be those in Sheffield who might recognise Simon from a previous life.
"The first I knew about it was when somebody rang me from the Sunday Times to say they'd seen it in the Bookseller and they did a story on me."
The former building maintenance man who grew up in a Frecheville council house is now at the very top of his trade.
"I still see Richard Hawley occasionally. I saw him the other week at the funeral of Barbara who used to keep the Washington pub where musicians used to hang out.
"I was writing even back then. I wrote a novel which never saw the light of day, which is probably no bad thing."
of Fulwood's 19th century mansions it's hard to imagine crime fiction fanatics queueing for his autographs in Hamburg, Berlin and Krakow.
"I joined after Richard Hawley shouted to me across the road on the Moor and asked if I wanted to play in a band with them.
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Simon Beckett has sold four million books in the last three years but most Sheffielders wouldn't recognise his face if they queued next to him in Waterstones.
He is now writing the fourth of a six book deal.
"I used to play percussion in the band Tree Bound Story," said Simon.
"I've been out to Germany a few times and it is always a surprise when a few hundred people turn up for a book signing," said former Frecheville School and Sheffield Polytechnic English student Simon.
"The telephone's ringing more, that's for sure, there are people wanting to do interviews and talk to me about the books. I knew the books were doing well but I had no idea I'd sold as many as four million and I don't really know why they sell so well in Germany.
"They are generally both male and female fans and I have had e mails from school children and people who've retired, quite a few of whom have worked in law enforcement."
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"I've no long term plans after the David Hunter series is finished, I need to get that done first. Success has been a Air Max 90 Dark Blue long time coming and I'm going to make the most of it, you can never tell, it might all go pear shaped."
"My first instinct when I heard about the sales figures was that it's great to sell so many books then it was 'bloody hell' it's quite a bit to take in and I'm still getting used to the idea," said 49 year old Simon.
Inspired by this trip, Simon created his first novel about David Hunter an emotionally damaged forensic scientist called The Chemistry of Death, published in 2006.
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"We had recording deals and we put singles out and made an album that was never released.
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"I ended up on a trip to the 'body farm' in Tennessee," said Simon who spent his teenage years in Intake, Sheffield after his family moved from Frecheville.
Not bad for someone who had to give up his original career choice to be a scientist because he failed 'A' level chemistry and Biology.
He might have to get used to being recognised in the street from now on.
The 'farm', in Knoxville, is part of the University of Tennessee's forensic anthropology centre. Its grounds contains around 1,000 corpses in shallow graves, plastic bags and under trees so scientific and forensic researchers can study how the body decomposes.
Simon eventually had four novels published in the 1990s and wrote features for the Daily Telegraph magazine and other national newspapers. Then a visit to America changed his career.
"I joined in 1988 and went through to when the band split up. People think I was a drummer but I wasn't, I was the one standing at the back where nobody notices.
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