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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...


St. Andrews, Scotland:  When a woman’s skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave with a crushed skull, DCI Andy Gilchrist is tasked with finding her killer. But a psychic’s warnings, and markings on a rusted cigarette lighter found in the rotted remains, set Gilchrist off on a trail that will take him 35 years back to his past, and on course to find the driver of his brother’s fatal hit-and-run accident. When dental records from an extracted tooth, and a computer generated image of the woman’s skull, force Gilchrist to confront the unthinkable – that his brother was a killer – he keeps his fears to himself, only to be suspended on suspicion of destroying evidence.But Gilchrist battles on alone in his quest for answers.  Who was the woman?  Why was she murdered?  Was the fatal hit-and-run really an accident?  Or did his brother commit suicide, unable to live with the burden of his murderous actions? Fearful of the final outcome, Gilchrist is torn between right and wrong.  To salvage his own career at the cost of his brother’s memory, should he expose the truth? Or leave it buried among the lies of the past?


Thrilled to announce that TOOTH FOR A TOOTH will be published by SOHO CRIME,
New York, on 12th November 2013.

HAND FOR A HAND was published by SOHO CRIME, New York, on 13th November 2012.

HAND FOR A HAND was selected as an INDIE NEXT pick for December 2012, and
came in at number 5 on that list.

HAND FOR A HAND received a STARRED review in the December LIBRARY JOURNAL ‘…terse, dark, and
ultimately very scary… a memorable, draining read.’