Crime writer heads for Lochgilphead
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.
Chris Brookmyre at the Tarbert Book Festival last month.