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Crime in Edinburgh during August at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2016 Wednesday 24th to Monday 29th

Tom Gauld

Wed 24 Aug 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Tom Gauld

The Last Policeman on the Moon

‘Living on the moon? What were we thinking?’ The lunar colony is winding down and the last cop’s beat is getting steadily smaller. In the plaintive, pared-back style of his popular Guardian cartoons, Tom Gauld’s new graphic novel Mooncop is a story that beautifully captures the personal realities facing a dying community. A witty, melancholy adventure that confirms Gauld as a star of British graphic novels.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/tom-gauld

 

Kate Summerscale with Val McDermid

Thu 25 Aug 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Kate Summerscale with Val McDermid

The Story of a Victorian Child Killer

While Kate Summerscale remains best known as the author of the number one bestseller The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, she has certainly not rested on her impressive literary laurels. The Wicked Boy is an unforgettable forensic analysis of the dark side of 19th century Britain in which Summerscale explores the story of teenagers Robert and Nattie Coombes, and a shocking murder case that sent Victorians into a frenzy. She discusses her book with bestselling crimewriter Val McDermid.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/kate-summerscale-with-val-mcdermid

 

Marcus Sedgwick & Alice Thompson

Sat 27 Aug 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Marcus Sedgwick & Alice Thompson

Tales of the Darkly Unexpected

Two tales of mystery, murder, memory and madness. In multi-talented writer Marcus Sedgwick’s Mister Memory, a crime of passion leads a psychiatrist and a policeman to startling discoveries in 19th century Paris. With The Book Collector, James Tait Black award-winner Alice Thompson offers up a spine-tingling Gothic tale about an Edwardian woman whose obsession with a book of fairy tales uncovers a trail of shocking murders.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/marcus-sedgwick-alice-thompson

Steve Cavanagh

Sat 27 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

Legally Thrilling

Lawyer-turned-novelist Steve Cavanagh left us breathless with his high-octane debut thriller The Defence. His hard hustling lawyer Eddie Flynn returns for more in his action-packed follow-up, The Plea. Once again he is in the fight for his life, up against the mob and the FBI, trying to save his client and his family – and trying not to break too many bones or laws along the way! Hear about this gripping and ingenious legal thriller from one of the funniest crimewriters around.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/gianrico-carofiglio-steve-cavanagh

 

Mark Billingham with Val McDermid

Sat 27 Aug 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Studio Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Mark Billingham with Val McDermid

Deceptively Brilliant Fiction

With over three million copies of his books sold to date, Mark Billingham’s career as a novelist has been a slam-dunk success. And he’s back for more this summer with Die of Shame, his smartest, most unusual thriller to date. When six people meet each week to discuss addiction, they share their most shameful secrets. So when one of them is murdered, will any of the others testify? He discusses his book with fellow crimewriter Val McDermid.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/mark-billingham-with-val-mcdermid

Irvine Welsh

Sat 27 Aug 9:45pm – 10:45pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Irvine Welsh

Begbie: Scarier Than Ever?

With The Blade Artist, Irvine Welsh returns to the vicious Trainspotting character who’s emerged as the best reflection of our angry times. Robert Carlyle, who memorably played Begbie in the iconic movie, recently claimed that ‘small psychos are the best’, and his characterisation is a case in point. In Irvine Welsh’s new novel, the hard-man has taken on a new persona as an artist in cosy California. He discusses his work with Brian Taylor.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/irvine-welsh-3

Joanne Harris

Sun 28 Aug 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

Joanne Harris

A Very Good Book About a Very Bad Boy

The author of heart-warming dramas such as Chocolat, Joanne Harris is also a psychological thriller writer blessed with a talent for whipcrack tension and masterful plot twists. Her latest work, Different Class, is set in the same eerie fictional Yorkshire village where previous thriller Gentlemen & Players unfolded. It features a teacher still haunted by a troubled schoolboy decades after they last met.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/joanne-harris-3

James Oswald & Gunnar Staalesen

Sun 28 Aug 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Garden Theatre

£12.00, £10.00

James Oswald & Gunnar Staalesen

Uncovering Long-Hidden Secrets

Mysterious cold cases are at the heart of two Eurocrime books. James Oswald unleashes the sixth of his Edinburgh-set Inspector McLean books with The Damage Done, plunging us deep into an elite society that harbours gruesome secrets. Dubbed by Jo Nesbo as the ‘Norwegian Chandler’, Gunnar Staalesen brings us Where Roses Never Die which has PI Varg Veum probing the disappearance of a 3 year old girl in a tranquil suburb.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/james-oswald-gunnar-staalesen

J M Gulvin & Ragnar Jónasson

Sun 28 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

£8.00, £6.00

J M Gulvin & Ragnar Jónasson

Cops and Rangers

In the latest of his Dark Iceland series, Ragnar Jónasson’s Nightblind reintroduces us to young cop Ari Thor, on the case of a murdered policeman in a tightly-knit community. J M Gulvin’s The Long Count marks the dawn of a new crime series which focuses on a different kind of investigator. John Q is a Texas Ranger who has no time for a local police force’s contention that a fellow war veteran killed himself.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/j-m-gulvin-ragnar-jonasson

Peter Arnott & Herman Koch

Mon 29 Aug 10:15am – 11:15am

The Spiegeltent

£12.00, £10.00

Peter Arnott & Herman Koch

Kidnappers and Stalkers

If you wanted to break free of your criminal past, would you get closer to a bag of stolen money by kidnapping your family? This is the intriguing move from Tommy Hunter, the anti-hero of playwright Peter Arnott’s novel Moon Country. He’s joined on stage by Herman Koch (bestselling author of The Dinner) whose Dear Mr M features a once-famous author being monitored by an admirer whose motives may not be especially healthy.

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/peter-arnott-herman-koch

 

 

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