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Not So Bloody Scotland

Three crime writers share a favourite place
Schiehallion Reflection taken by Douglas Skelton

THEY roam the mean streets of our cities with murder in mind. They deal in death. Murderers and psychopaths trail in their wake. Serial killers are no strangers to them. They’ve perfected their own unique methods of murder. They walk amongst us and look no different from us. Who are these fearsome people with such a predilection for slaughter? How can we be safe with them around?

Fortunately for us, the dark imaginary worlds of crime writers are confined to the written word and crime writers themselves are (hopefully!) as sane and normal as the rest of us. In their fiction they might create a sense of place that can be dark, bleak and menacing. But in reality they’re drawn to very different places. I asked three authors - Douglas Skelton, Lin Anderson and Louise Hutcheson - to put aside those mean streets and dark deeds and talk instead about the places that mean a lot to them.

Who are these fearsome people with such a predilection for slaughter? How can we be safe with them around?

If you’re not familiar with true-crime-journalist-turned-crimewriter Douglas Skelton’s work, think Raymond Chandler but with a Glaswegian accent and the humour to match. Add to the mix every Film Noir you can think of and the likes of the Bangles walking like Egyptians in the background and there you have his hero, maverick investigator Dominic Queste. Queste is a man with a past, ex-journalist and drug addict, who makes his first appearance in the memorably-named The Dead don’t Boogie, deftly dodging death by the skin of his teeth as the corpses pile up behind him. Queste then jumps right back into the fray in Tag-You’re Dead, this time searching for a missing butcher. And yes, neatly sliced and diced (metaphorically!), the body count again begins to rise.

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iScot August 2017 Edition The one with Three Powerful Politicians who happen to be women and David Mundell. 116 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland from the only truly independent pro Scottish magazine, and if you chose not to buy this we're coming round to your house with big Sylvester and the lads - you've been warned!