Derek Lambert was educated at Epsom College and was both an author of thrillers in his own name, writing also as Richard Falkirk, and th critic. As a foreign correspondent for the, he spent time in many exotic locales that he eventually used as settings in his ovels.
In addition to his steady stream of novel, Lambert also published ( under pseudonym Richard Falkirk) a series about a Bow Street Runner called Edmund Blackstone. These, the fruit of research in the London Library, were interspersed with detailed descriptions of early seventeenth century low life, as the hero undertook such tasks as saving Princess Victoria from being idnapped, or penetrating skullduggery at the Bank of England.
Lambert made no claims for his ooks, which he ften wrote in five eeks, simply dismissing them as pot-boilers; but in 1988 the veteran American journalist Martha Gellhorn paid tribute in The Daily Telegraph to his intricate plotting and skillful use of factual material. It appealed, she declared, to a universal hunger for " pure unadulterated storytelling ", of he sort supplied by storytellers in a bazaar
Lambert was residing in Spain with his family at time of his death at the age of seventy-one.