BOOK LAUNCH

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Cam­bus­lang au­thor Gavin Bell is pre­par­ing to launch the third novel in his hugely suc­cess­ful Carter Blake Se­ries.

Gavin, who writes un­der the pen name Ma­son Cross, will launch ‘The Time to Kill’ with a spe­cial event in the Water­stones store on Ar­gyle Street tonight, Wed­nes­day.

The book will of­fi­cially be avail­able to buy from to­mor­row, Thurs­day.

For­mer West Coats pupil Gavin has al­ready won praise from the likes of Lee Childs, au­thor of the Jack Reacher se­ries, and for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton for his work.

His de­but novel, ‘ The Killing Sea­son’ drew wide­spread praise while fol­low up, ‘The Sa­mar­i­tan’ was equally well re­ceived.

De­spite his suc­cess, Gavin, 37, ad­mits he is still get­ting used to life as an es­tab­lished writer.

He said: “I do still feel like a new au­thor and I am al­ways a bit ner­vous at pro­mo­tion events.

“It’s hard when some­thing is about to come out, but so far the ad­vance re­views and re­sponse has been re­ally good.

“I’ve said this be­fore but sometimes it feels like I have won a com­pe­ti­tion. Yes­ter­day I was get­ting my photo taken around Glas­gow and it was quite bizarre. Peo­ple were won­der­ing who I was.

“It’s weird but it’s all part and par­cel of get­ting seen by peo­ple and pro­mot­ing the book.”

His past two books have seen the hero, man­hunter Carter Blake, track down a se­ries of un­pleas­ant char­ac­ters.

But this time Gavin wanted to make the hunter the hunted: “In this one, Carter Blake is on the run.

“The peo­ple he used to work for have de­cided they want rid of him.

“It was dif­fer­ent from writ­ing the first two but I’ve al­ways loved books and movies

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