Au­thor’s sec­ond novel at­tracts rave re­views

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

A Cam­bus­lang man who had his sec­ond novel pub­lished ear­lier this month has been de­lighted by the re­sponse to it.

Gavin Bell, who grew up on Ste­warton Drive but now lives in Drum­sagard, writes as Ma­son Cross, and his fol­lowup to last year’s The Killing Sea­son, The Sa­mar­i­tan, has been well re­ceived by crit­ics and pur­chasers alike.

The Sa­mar­i­tan was praised by the In­de­pen­dent as “a sprawl­ing Amer­i­can epic de­liv­ered with panache,” while read­ers have posted pos­i­tive re­views online too.

Gavin said: “It’s been go­ing re­ally well. We held the launch event two weeks ago, and there was a re­ally good turnout.

“I’d been warned be­fore­hand that some­times with an au­thor’s sec­ond book, there’s not al­ways the same kind of turnout as you have for your first, but that wasn’t the case at all, which was re­ally good.

“I’ve had some re­ally good feed­back, through re­views in The In­de­pen­dent, and had some great com­ments from peo­ple who have read it.

“It’s a bit dif­fer­ent from the first, which was al­ways my in­ten­tion. It would have been easy to do a cut and paste job and do the same as I did in The Killing Sea­son, but that wasn’t what I wanted to do. It’s still a thriller, but done dif­fer­ently, to keep it in­ter­est­ing.

“It was good for me as well, as I didn’t want to repli­cate what I’d done be­fore.”

As his sec­ond novel fea­tur­ing de­tec­tive Carter Blake is re­leased, Gavin’s cur­rently pre­par­ing to make re­vi­sions on his third tome.

He said: “My editor has had it for a few weeks now, and they’ll come back to me with some notes, as there’s al­ways some things you can do bet­ter.

“It def­i­nitely ben­e­fits from peo­ple feed­ing in their thoughts, and then, af­ter we’ve got that all done, it’s time to start think­ing about book four!

“It’s been good to have a few weeks of down­time and not hav­ing to think about it, as it takes off the pres­sure.”

Gavin has also spo­ken at a num­ber of top literary events, to dis­cuss his work on his books, in Scot­land and Eng­land.

The Killing Sea­son was re­leased in pa­per­back on March 9 this year, ap­pear­ing in the lo­cal Mor­risons, thrilling Gavin.

He added: “I’m go­ing to be do­ing a cou­ple of sign­ings at Water­stones over the next cou­ple of weeks, with East Kil­bride on Au­gust 6, and then on Au­gust 8 over at the re­fit­ted Brae­head one, as I’ll be there for their grand re­open­ing.”

Sign­ing Gavin signs copies of The Sa­mar­i­tan at its launch in Water­stones in Glas­gow

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