RISING crime fiction talent, Neil Broadfoot, is back with The Storm, the eagerly-awaited sequel to his critically-acclaimed and Deanston-nominated debut novel, Falling Fast.
Hailed by Sunday Times bestselling author, James Oswald, as “a great read [with] cracking pace and a satisfyingly twisty plot”, The Storm plunges crime reporter, Doug McGregor, and DS, Susie Drummond, into a murky world of corruption, cover-ups and decades-old secrets after Doug’s editor is brutally assassinated in front of him.
Ranging from the heart of the capital’s rapidly-changing newspaper industry to the Kingdom of Fife and the Isle of Skye, The Storm is “a gripping page turner with prose like a sniper’s bullet” that “keeps you guessing to the very end” as it addresses the state of the press and asks if the truth can ever come at too high a price.
Neil will be launching The Storm with CWA New Blood Dagger and 2011 Crime Novel of the Year nominee Craig Robertson, who is also a former journalist, at Blackwells South Bridge, Edinburgh, on 7 May from 6:30pm.
Neil said: “With the unbelievable success of Falling Fast, the pressure was on to deliver a worthy follow-up with The Storm.
“The early reviews – especially from a best-selling author like James and other writers on the Scottish noir scene – and the reaction from audiences at book festivals like Aye Write! seem to show that I’ve done that and I can’t wait to plunge readers back into another adventure with Susie, Doug, Third Degree Burns and the new characters I’ve created.
“As a former journalist, I’ve seen first-hand the way the industry is changing in response to the digital age – and it’s not always for the better.
“Given the massive stories that are being covered at the moment, this provided a perfect dramatic backdrop for The Storm, and allowed me to reflect on some of these changes and ask where next for the press while delivering a typically violent and dark mystery that readers will enjoy.
“Being a writer is all I’ve ever wanted to do, so this really is a dream come true. To see The Storm on the shelves next to Falling Fast, and being able to take my work to book festivals and meet readers who enjoy the books, is just indescribable.
“The Storm is coming, and I can’t wait for readers to experience it! ”
Notes for editors
About Neil Broadfoot
Neil’s debut, Falling Fast, was shortlisted for both the Dundee International Prize and the prestigious Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award, immediately establishing him as a fixture on the Tartan Noir scene.
He is now a regular panellist at crime events at national book festivals and is an occasional commentator on STV’s Fountainbridge Show.
Before writing fiction, Neil worked as a journalist for 15 years at national and local newspapers. He is married to Fiona and has two daughters. An adopted Fifer, he lives in Dunfermline, where he started his career as a local reporter.
Contraband is the crime fiction imprint from independent publisher, Saraband. Launched in 2014, Contraband publishes an eclectic range of crime, mystery and thriller writing, ranging from pacy detective stories to intriguing enigmas.
Saraband – Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year, 2013-14 – publishes fiction and non-fiction that celebrates extraordinary human achievements, explores important cultural traditions and champions our planet and its species. Renowned as an innovator in digital publishing, Saraband is a member of the Faber Factory Plus alliance of quality independents.
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