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The bus is stranded, stuck fast in a snowdrift. The driver is missing along with a young girl. A half naked woman is left behind, handcuffed and freezing on board. Who she is and where the girl has gone unravels into a web of sexual abuse, mental torture and deeply laid family rivalries, spanning from Istanbul to Glasgow.

Newly appointed to the Major Crime and Terrorism Squad at Strathclyde Police, DI John J. Arbogast is tasked with tracking down a suspected paedophile as part of a national manhunt. Haunted by a failed case in the past he’s determined to find the girl before it’s too late. But as the case unravels to unveil an international sex trafficking ring it becomes clear that all is not what it seems.

Secrets will surface. 

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Waterstones new book launch for Four Scottish Crime Authors Helen Fitzgerald Alex Gray James Oswald and Michael j Malone


Book Launch
Helen Fitzgerald
The Exit

Thursday, 12 February 2015, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

We are delighted to be hosting the launch for The Exit, Helen Fitzgerald’s latest psychological thriller. Some people love goodbyes…23-year-old Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down – and soon discovers that her new workplace contains many secrets.
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Keep the Midnight Out – DCI Lorimer 12
An Evening With Alex Gray

Primavera Bistro
Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

BEST-selling Scottish crime writer, Alex Gray, will be at The Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns to discuss Keep The Midnight Out, her stunning new Lorimer novel, in a free event organised by Waterstone’s at Primavera on Tuesday the 24th of March from 7pm till 8.30pm. Alex will be in conversation with fellow author Russel McLean. Call the store to reserve your seat.
Further details: 0141 616 3933



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Meet James Oswald
James Oswald
Prayer for the Dead – The Inspector McLean Mysteries 5

Saturday, 21 February 2015, 7:00PM

Free tickets available in store
Back by ever popular demand, the fabulous James Oswald is back! A local chap, with a rapidly building international following. Join us on this special evening with James in discussion and signing copies of Prayer for the Dead. All welcome.
Further details: 01592 263755



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Book Launch
Michael J. Malone
Beyond the Rage

Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Join us for the launch of Glasgow’s newest crime thriller Beyond the Rage. Michael J. Malone will be in conversation with the lovely Caro Ramsay.
Further details: 0141 248 4814


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Do you believe a house can remember things that have happened in the past?

As D.S Preston and D.C Lang investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow they ask themselves, who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? They believe their questions are answered and the case is closed.
Sam Leonard could not be happier, he has an amazing acting career, a loyal best friend and a fantastic girlfriend and after a previous turbulent relationship, what could go wrong?
Patrick McLaughlin’s life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.
But a house that Patrick buys is not all it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased and a fairly recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase?

Henderson Manor will bring together the lives of several unsuspecting people…but can a house let go of its past?

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Scottish Crime in the theatre – Tony blacks the Ringer Ayr Gaiety Theatre


Wed 11 & Thu 12 Feb at 7.30pm
Tickets: £14.00 / £12.50 (conc)
Online bookings are subject to a £2 booking fee per transaction

A brand new hard-hitting crime drama from Edinburgh based award-winning journalist, editor and novelist, Tony Black. The Ringer is a cautionary tale of revenge, enacted upon the most unsavoury of characters. Told in the raw Scots tongue, and equally unflinching language, the lowlifes of Scotland’s second city have never looked so low.
For small time Glasgow drug dealer, Stauner, life is sweet when he meets Monique. With free board and an unpaid servant at his beck and call, the daily trip to the bookies is his toughest chore. It could all be too good to be true, but the misogynist Stauner stupidly believes it’s his due. When the wide boy’s deluded state persuades him that Monique should steal from night-club boss Davie Geddes, however, Stauner’s arrogance gets the better of him. Soon his cloak of small-minded bigotry is stripped from him and he’s forced to pay for the grievous misdeeds of his past.
Starring Evelyn Adams and Chris Taylor.
Adapted by Chris Taylor.

Parental advisory 16+. Contains strong language, dark comedy, violent themes and sexual references.

“Black’s dialogue and atmosphere crackle…” – The Times
“Tony Black is my favourite British crime writer” – Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

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Peter May runaway London Event


EVENT WITH PETER MAY – Tuesday 27th January
Chairperson: Barry Forshaw (crime reviewer for the Financial Times)
Address: 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
Tickets: £5/£3
Tel for tickets: 020 78512400

Published by Quercus in hardback
On 15th January 2015 at £16.99
e:book £10.99
Peter May will be doing a full tour of the UK in January 2015 – London, Glasgow, Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh

Praise for Peter May:

“Peter May is a writer I’d follow to the ends of the earth” New York Times

‘Peter May follows his superb Lewis Trilogy with an equally absorbing work’. The Times

‘masterful’ The Independent

“Exceptional…May is a writer to be cherished” Daily Mail

From Peter May, the author of the top 3 Sunday Times bestseller Entry Island and bestselling Lewis Trilogy, comes his latest standalone novel Runaway.

The decision for five teenage boys to leave their homes in Glasgow in 1965 and head to London is led by Jack Mackay when he is expelled from school. His friends need little incentive to run away from their abusive families and dead end jobs to pursue fame and fortune as a band. However, the boys find their dreams to be devastatingly different from reality, and within less than twelve months of their departure, only three of them return home, their lives irrevocably damaged.

Fifty years later in 2015 a brutal murder takes place in London and the three men, who are now in their sixties, are forced to return to the city to confront the demons which have haunted them and blighted their lives for five decades.

Runaway is a gripping crime novel spanning two cities and half a century. This extraordinary work by Peter May, explores how aspirations and expectations shape us and the pivotal yet changeable role that friendships have in our lives.

Peter May is available for interview and to write articles. For copies of ‘Runaway’ and for further information, please contact Sophie Ransom at Midas Public Relations on Tel: 020 7 361 7860.

January 2015 crime author of the month with Jay Stringer


1. How did you get started writing?

I’ve pretty much always done it. When I was at junior school the teacher asked us all what we wanted to be when we grew up, and I said “bookmaker.” It was a long time before I understood why she laughed at that. I’m dyslexic, though, so for a long time I thought I’d need to show my work in other ways, like comic books, or comedy. Eventually I wrote a novel by accident, and here I am.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel?

This always sounds a bit pretentious, but it’s true; I like social fiction. In all forms; films, songs, books, comics. I like stories about people, and about issues and things that affect us. And also, because of my dyslexia I think, I like lean and simple prose. I like it when a writer knows not to put too many words on a page. For both my reading and writing, this leads towards crime fiction. That’s where the social fiction is, the stories of the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots,’ and it’s also where there’s a lot of lean prose.

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?

Most of my influences are from other media. Alan Moore, Paul Westerberg, Mark Thomas, George Carlin. I got really into the plays of Sean O’Casey when I was a teenager, and there’s still something in his work that I aspire to.

For crime fiction, I drew a lot from Lawrence Block, and George Pelecanos is someone I look to as a guide for where I can go.

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?

I tend to leave that side of things to my agent. I think the last thing she needs is a backseat writer. There were challenges along the way, though. My first book features an ethnic minority criminal as the protagonist, and it’s set in an unfashionable part of England, with no explosions or car chases. Once we did find a publisher, though, the readers really got it.

5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel, do you have a particular favourite one?

In the Miller trilogy I liked Laura Miller the best. She’s a very complex and interesting character, but it takes a while for the reader to start to see those layers because she keeps them hidden. I’d like to write a book from her point of view someday. I also liked a character called Rachel. She was fun. There is a trope in fiction of men trying to ‘save’ Women, or ‘fix’ them, but Rachel knew exactly who she was, and she was trying to ‘fix’ the male protagonist.

6. What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novels?

It’s just about talking to people. Get their stories, and see how they phrase things. I’ve seen a couple reviews that complain about the use of the word “gotten,” for instance, but the truth is that people in the Black Country say that, and it’s a good little quirk to throw in. Some of the more criminal aspects of the books are a hybrid. There are things I saw growing up, and things I’ve read about in newspapers and true crime books. The real fun part is that people want to talk to you once they find out you’re a writer. They want to gossip and show off. If a journalist or a cop asks someone a question, they get an edited version of events. If a crime writer asks, they get the whole story.

7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?

There were a lot early on. Characters like the Mann Brothers, and some of the supporting cast, were all inspired to various degrees by real people. These days I don’t do it so much.

8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Crime Fiction Novels out there?

The first answer would be the same for all writers; ourselves. I am the thing that makes my books different. My voice, my world view. Each writer has something that nobody else can be; themselves.

Beyond that, though, I think there’s more politics and social debate going on in my books than I’m seeing in many other crime books right now. Not that there isn’t any out there. Eva Dolan and Luca Veste are both doing interesting things with police procedurals that mange to slip in political and social issues. Nick Quantrill down in Hull has been doing good work. And Ray Banks just had a book come out set in Gateshead, in the 80’s, which doesn’t shy away from the impact of Thatcherism.

But I think we’re very much in a minority right now, as a lot of crime writers all seem to be chasing the same things and looking to sell to the same people. To tie it to what I said before, I think a lot of writers are scared to be themselves, and that’s a shame.

9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa?

Not very much. It’s always there, beneath the surface. They all come from my head so each of them will have a piece of me, but on the whole I try and keep them separate. Eoin Miller shares some of my taste in music, for example, but his tastes are more limited than mine and, to be honest, he’s a bit of a grumpy manipulative sod, so I’m glad we’re not all that alike

10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned?

Next up is Ways To Die In Glasgow , which will be out in May or June through Thomas & Mercer. It’s more of a dark comedy than the Miller books, like the Coen Brothers with a Glaswegian accent. There’s a female P.I. and a heart-broken killer. Next, hopefully, will be a book I wrote last year, called Criminals, which is a sort of modern Robin Hood story. This year’s project is a book set during the Handsworth riot of 1985. That one’s going to be a challenge.

11.What was your favourite scene to write in your Novel and why?

The last scene of the Miller Trilogy, because that moment was something I’d had in my head ever since I started writing the series as a trilogy, and I was happy to stick the landing, right down to the last line of dialogue.

12. As an up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share?

Write about something that matters to you and finish it. People always say it’s all about sitting your ass in the chair and writing -and it is- but that’s pointless if you never finish anything. It’s better to pitch somebody with something you’ve written, rather than an idea of something you might one day write. And also, be somebody worth hanging out with. Publishing is quite a small community, and you want to be known as somebody that gets on with others.

Eoin Miller
Faithless Street (2012)
Old Gold (2012)
Runaway Town (2013)
Lost City (2014)

Ways to Die in Glasgow (2015)

Terminal Damage (2010) (with Joelle Charbonneau, John McFetridge, Russel D McLean, Scott Parker, Bryon Quertermous, Steve Weddle and Dave White)

Collateral Damage (2011) (with Joelle Charbonneau, John McFetridge, Russel D McLean, Scott Parker, Sandra Ruttan, Steve Weddle and Dave White)

The Goldfish Heist And Other Stories (2012)

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Vicky Dodds—single mother, commitment-phobe, Detective Sergeant—is adding Dundee, Scotland to the Tartan Noir map.

When a dog breeder in and around Dundee disappears, DS Dodds and her team are tasked with finding out who is behind the attacks.

But as the crimes escalate, and the attacker’s message becomes clearer, Vicky begins to question where her own sympathies lie.

From the acclaimed author of the Scott Cullen series, Snared is an unyielding police procedural that fearlessly examines the uncomfortable grey areas between right and wrong, and between “us” and “them.”

Ed James is the author of the self-published Scott Cullen series of Scottish police procedurals, featuring a young Edinburgh Detective Constable investigating crimes from the bottom rung of the career ladder he’s desperate to climb. The first book, Ghost in the Machine, has been downloaded over 300,000 times, hitting the Amazon UK top five and US top 50.

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Before he introduced the world to Scottish Private Investigator J McNee, award-nominated crime writer Russel D McLean wrote a series of gritty short stories featuring PI Sam Bryson, a young investigator with a strong sense of justice that is tested to the limit as he walks the mean streets of Scotland’s fourth largest city.

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Still recovering from the harrowing case that ended his police career, Doug Michie returns to his boyhood home of Ayr on Scotland’s wind-scarred west coast. He hopes to rebuild his shattered life, get over the recent failure of his marriage and shed his demons, but the years have changed the birthplace of the poet Robert Burns. When Doug meets his old school-day flame Lyn, however, he feels his past may offer the salvation of a future. But, Lyn’s son has been accused of murder and she begs Doug to find the truth. Soon Doug is tangled in a complicated web of corrupt politicians, frightened journalists and a police force in cahoots with criminals. Only Burns’ philosophical musings offer Doug some shelter as he wanders the streets of Auld Ayr battling The Storm Without.

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If you are looking for a good e book to buy to beat the January blues and you don’t want to spend to much and you love crime fiction, then this is the book for you and it is only 99p on Amazon Kindle



When Detective Sime Mackenzie is sent from Montreal to investigate a murder on the remote Entry Island, 850 miles from the Canadian mainland, he leaves behind him a life of sleeplessness and regret.


But what had initially seemed an open-and-shut case takes on a disturbing dimension when he meets the prime suspect, the victim’s wife, and is convinced that he knows her – even though they have never met.

And when his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant Scottish past in another century, this murder in the Gulf of St. Lawrence leads him down a path he could never have foreseen, forcing him to face a conflict between his professional duty and his personal destiny.

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