I am delighted to say that I will be appearing at the West End Festival on Tuesday, June 25, at Hillhead Library to give a talk on both my previous novel The Hurting and the forthcoming The Longest Shadow. My plan is to split the talk, which begins at 6.30pm, into two parts, the first on The Hurting with a short question and answer session thereafter and a break.
The second part will be about the inspiration behind “The Longest Shadow” which is Scotland’s oldest cold case murder and one that has fascinated since I first came across it in an article in my local newspaper The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald, back in December 2011.
I have just spent a whole morning going over the newspaper articles on this murder and the memoirs of Glasgow’s top wartime cop who was dispatched north to solve it. I think it will provide a fascinating subject on which to base the second half of the talk.
As for the manuscript of The Longest Shadow, we are now at the second revision stage and I am glad to say that after initial concerns about a major scene at the end of the proposed novel, over the murder of a key character, we are almost there.
Unfortunately due to hip surgery in August, which is a legacy of my days as a competitive squash player, the launch has been put back to around the end of November – depending on my recovery. But if you are in the West End next Tuesday and want to learn more about
its inspiration, one of the most fascinating unsolved murders in the last century and much more, I would be delighted to regale you with my thoughts.