In September 2009, Philip Kerr traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to receive the third annual Premio Internacional de Novela Negra RBA (RBA International Prize for Crime Writing) for his book If the Dead Rise Not.
In 2010, the master of historical fiction returned to the awards ceremony in a completely unexpected way: contributing a brand-new work of crime fiction written specially for the event in the very 21st century form of 51 tweets, each a maximum of 140 characters. The original story, published over the course of 12 days leading up to the September 9 ceremony, was "tweeted out" in both English and Spanish on RBA's Twitter feed and had all the hallmarks of a Kerr mystery in miniature form. To add to the excitement, Kerr promised to reveal the ending of the story via the final tweets at the ceremony's glittering after party.
If you missed following along in September, you can read it here, tweet by tweet as originally released.