Crime writer heads for Lochgilp­head

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BEST­SELLING au­thor Christo­pher Brook­myre is head­ing for Ar­gyll this month, ar­riv­ing in Lochgilp­head on Novem­ber 29.

Brook­myre will be in the town to launch his lat­est book, Places in the Dark­ness.

With more than 20 nov­els to his name, Brook­myre’s work skill­fully blends politics, comedy, ac­tion and so­cial com­men­tary.

He re­cently re­vived his hugely pop­u­lar in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist pro­tag­o­nist Jack Par­la­bane in his cy­ber crime novel Want You Gone, but for Places in the Dark­ness he again ex­plores the sci-fi genre he mined so suc­cess­fully in 2013’s Bed­lam.

No stranger to accolades, the Scot­tish writer won the pres­ti­gious Theak­ston’s Old Pe­culier Crime Novel of the Year prize in July this year for Black Widow, which also took the McIl­van­ney Prize for Scot­tish Crime Book of the year in 2016.

Speak­ing about the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind his new book, Chris said: ‘Early in the stages of writ­ing Black Widow, I’d started think­ing about ideas that be­came Places In The Dark­ness.

‘One of the things I thought I’d like to write is a crime novel that takes place in space be­cause I’ve al­ways en­joyed sci­ence fiction. I’ve writ­ten sci­ence fiction be­fore and I’d read a few sci­ence fiction nov­els but, while the con­cepts were of­ten fas­ci­nat­ing, what of­ten dis­ap­pointed me was the plot was of­ten quite weak or lack­ing.

‘Crime fiction’s got so much plot, so I thought, wouldn’t it be good to marry the two gen­res.’

A vet­eran of book fes­ti­vals and an ac­com­plished and en­ter­tain­ing speaker, Brook­myre is much in de­mand on the Scot­tish and in­ter­na­tional lit­er­ary scenes.

The free event will take place at Lochgilp­head Li­brary at 7.30pm. To book contact El­iz­a­beth Raf­ferty on 01369 707144.

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Chris Brook­myre at the Tar­bert Book Fes­ti­val last month.

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