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Writing Process Blog Chain

Okay, I’ve been asked by Caro Ramsay, the lovely looking crime writer with the long blonde hair, and whose books are always being nominated for some prize or another...

 

Busy little week

Happy to say that the launch of LIFE FOR A LIFE went well in Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, and the following night in St. Andrews. Now about to head...

 

Can we really go it alone?

With all the talk about the imminent Scots’ referendum on independence, many of us are giving serious thought to the question, Can we really go it alone? How could...

 
 

When Joe Christie’s fishing boat is swept onto Tentsmuir Beach during a fierce storm, a man’s mutilated body is found in the hold. DCI Andy Gilchrist of St Andrews CID is called in to investigate. But his murder investigation deepens when he learns that Joe Christie and his boat have been missing for three years.

The police pathologist, Dr Rebecca Cooper, retrieves a five pound note from the dead man’s throat. Is this the killer’s calling card? Why was the man tortured? Who is he? And whatever happened to Joe Christie? Cooper offers Gilchrist a clue to the dead man’s identity – a scar from a recent operation to repair a bone shattered by a bullet.

But the dead man is found to have been on the payroll of big Jock Shepherd, Scotland’s crime patriarch, and when three more of Shepherd’s men turn up brutally murdered, Gilchrist fears a tectonic shift in the criminal underworld is underway.

Gilchrist and his partner, DS Jessie Janes, set off along a murderous trail that will put their lives in danger and pull them into the darkest heart of the criminal underworld where they will uncover a plot of drug shipments and police corruption, and come face to face with a man for whom human life means nothing.