During a long and distinguished writing career, H.R.F. Keating won many honours, most notably the award of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 1996 for a lifetime's achievement. Between 1985 and 2001 he was president of the Detection Club in succession to some of the greats of British crime fiction: G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Julian Symons. He was especially well known as the creator of Inspector Ghote of the Bombay C.I.D., hero of 21 crime novels, and as the author of eleven other crime novels, four mainstream novels and numerous short stories. He was awarded the American George N. Dove Award in 1995. The Perfect Murder (1964 – made into a film by Merchant Ivory), the first book about Inspector Ghote, and The Murder of the Maharajah (1980) were both awarded the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger. He was the Chairman of the Crime Writers Association from 1970–1971 and an Edgar Allan Poe special award winner. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and served on its Council. Harry Keating died on 27 March 2011.
Peter and Margaret Lewis write:
We first heard Harry Keating reading from his manuscript of Jack, the Lady Killer at Dove Cottage in Grasmere. It was a suitably literary setting for someone who was always a fine practitioner of the English language. Flambard Press published this crime novel in verse a year later in 1999. Many readers were quickly engrossed by the fast-moving narrative with its Indian Raj setting and forgot that it was a poem.
Keating had previously published a book of short stories with Flambard, In Kensington Gardens Once... in 1997. These gentle crime stories show the keenly observant eye and humour that was often evident in his more mainstream crime fiction.
Although Flambard played a very small part in his distinguished literary career, we were very pleased to be able add him to our list. He was a friend for many years and his kindly presence will be very much missed in literary gatherings.