Calling Cards, by Gordon Johnston

Calling Cards is a fresh and exciting addition to the ranks of Tartan Noir. It is an novel exploration of the impact of stress and trauma on individuals, encompassing their resort to addiction, recovery, and denial. It highlights the influence of the equally corrupting desires for success or revenge. Linking the small Scottish worlds of journalism and politics, it has been favourably compared to State of Play in its creation of an intricate network of linked strands, as it builds to a compelling climax that leaves many people changed forever.

Calling Cards is a psychological thriller worthy of a place in the top rank. It is well-written, and easy to read with a fast flowing style.

The Glasgow setting

An anonymous email leads West End Journalist Frank Gallen on a quest to unravel the links between a campaign against a housing development proposal in Kelvingrove Park; personal and political corruption at the highest level in Glasgow City Council; and the increasingly frenzied activities of a Glasgow serial killer.
Gallen and DI Adam Ralston engage in a desperate chase to identify the serial killer from the clues he is sending them, in time to stop him from implementing the climax of his campaign of killing.

Calling Cards is a fascinating examination of people under stress. Extremely well-written in a fluid style very easy to read, it is both the story of an increasingly desperate hunt for a Glasgow serial killer, and an examination of how people cope under intense pressure. It marks the arrival of a new and very welcome addition, Gordon Johnston, to the ranks of distinguished Scottish crime writers.

Calling Cards can be purchased on this website for £9.99 excluding p&p, or ordered by post or e-mail for the same price.

The e-book version is available from the Kindle Book Store or Amazon.co.uk.

Title: Calling Cards
Author: Gordon Johnston
ISBN: 978-1-901514-09-4
Format: Paperback
Price: £6.99

Paradise Road, by Stephen O’Donnell

Paradise Road is the story of Kevin McGarry a young man from the West of Scotland, who as a youngster was one of the most talented footballers of his generation in Scotland. Through a combination of injury and disillusionment, Kevin is forced to abandon any thoughts of playing the game he loves, professionally. Instead he settles for following his favourite team, Glasgow Celtic, as a spectator, while at the same time resignedly and with a characteristically wry Scottish sense of humour, trying to eke out a living as a joiner.

It is a story of hopes and dreams, idealism and disillusionment, of growth in the face of adversity and disappointment. Paradise Road examines some of the major themes affecting football today, such as the power and role of the media, standards in the Scottish game and the sectarianism which pervades not only football in Glasgow but also the wider community. More than simply a novel about football or football fandom, the book offers a portrait of the character and experiences of a section of the Irish Catholic community of the West of Scotland, and considers the role of young working-class men in our modern, post-industrial society.

The road Kevin travels towards self discovery, fulfilment and maturity leads him to Prague, enabling a more detached view of the Scotland that formed him and the Europe that beckons him.

In the words of an initial review:

Written in a thoughtful, provocative yet engaging style, Paradise Road is a book that will enthral, challenge and reward in equal measure. It will be a powerful addition to the growing debate on some of the key issues facing contemporary Scotland”

Paradise Road can be purchased on this website for £6.99 excluding p&p, or ordered by post or e-mail for the same price.

The e-book version will also be available for £7.20 from the Kindle Book Store or Amazon.co.uk from August 2012

Title: Paradise Road
Author:: Stephen O’Donnell
ISBN: 978-1-901514-07-0
Format: Paperback
Price: £6.99

Good Deed, by Steve Christie

Good Deed is a fast paced crime novel that captures the reader from beginning to end.

Described by one reviewer as “Christopher Brookmyre on speed, with more thrills and less farce”, the gripping story of Good Deed rattles along relentlessly, leaving the reader breathless but enthralled. Good Deed introduces a new Scottish detective hero, DI Ronnie Buchanan, who is certain to quickly attract a legion of fans.

The events crammed into Good Deed take Buchanan from his base in Aberdeen on a frantic journey around all the major Scottish cities as his increasingly deadly pursuit of a mysterious criminal master mind known only as Vince comes to a breath-taking climax back in Aberdeen.

The pace of Good Deed is exceptional and unremitting. It is the kind of book that demands to be read in one sitting, but most readers will be so breathless as the saga unfolds without pause that they will need occasional rests before eagerly returning for more.

Good Deed is Steve Christie’s first novel. Based in Edinburgh, the good news is that he is already hard at work on the follow up to Good Deed, which will also feature Ronnie Buchanan.
Ringwood is confident that both Steve Christie and Ronnie Buchanan are names that will become very familiar to all lovers of quality crime fiction.

Good Deed can be purchased on this website for £6.99 excluding p&p, or ordered by post or e-mail for the same price.

The e-book version is available from the Kindle Book Store or Amazon.co.uk

Title: Good Deed
Author:: Steve Christie
ISBN: 978-1-901514-06-3
Format: Paperback
Price: £6.99

Torn Edges, by Brian McHugh

Torn Edges is a riveting mystery story linking modern day Glasgow with 1920’s Ireland.

When a gold coin very similar to a family heirloom is found at the scene of a Glasgow murder, a search is begun that takes the McKenna family, assisted by their Librarian friend Liam, through their own family history right back to the tumultuous days of the Irish Civil War. The search is greatly helped by the discovery of an old family photograph of their Great-Uncle Pat in a soldier’s uniform.

The McKennas quickly realise that despite their pride in their Irish origins they know remarkably little about this particular period of recent Irish history. With Liam’s expert help, they soon learn that many more Irishman were killed, murdered, assassinated or hung during the very short Civil War than in the much longer and better known War of Independence. And they learn that gruesome atrocities were committed by both sides, atrocities in which the evidence begins to suggest their own relatives might have been involved.

Parallel to this unravelling of the family involvement of this period, Torn Edges author Brian McHugh has interwoven the remarkable story of the actual participation of two of the McKenna family, Charlie and Pat, across both sides of the conflict in the desperate days of 1922 Ireland.

Torn Edges is both entertaining and well-written, and will be of considerable interest to all in both Scottish and Irish communities, many of whom will realise that their knowledge and understanding of events in Ireland in 1922 has been woefully incomplete. Torn Edges will also appeal more widely to all who appreciate a good story well told.

TORN EDGES can be purchased on site for £6.99 excluding p&p or ordered by post or e-mail for the same price.

Title: Torn Edges
Author:: Brian McHugh
ISBN: 978-1-901514-05-6
Format: Paperback
Price: £6.99

A Second Edition of Torn Edges was published on 01/06/2013

The Great Escape? by Sandy Jamieson

great-escape-thumb“The Great Escape?” is that rarity, an intelligent readable novel about football and families. It is the story of Derek Duncan, a Celtic supporter from birth, who became a Scottish international football player, and his attempt to make himself an immortal football manager. He intends to do with a struggling provincial English club Griston City, something similar to what Matt Busby and Bill Shankly his spiritual predecessors, did with Manchester United and Liverpool, and turn a moderate club into a modern giant, able to challenge for top honours not only in England but in Europe.

The book deals with his first season, when he takes over a Griston team rooted to the bottom of the table and determines to save them if humanly possible from the relegation to which they seemed doomed prior to his appointment.

It is about the stresses faced by a manager of a team on the edge and the effect of these pressures in his life and loves. It also explores the impact of these events on the other people involved in the world of football, the players, the Chairman and his daughter, the Board members and most of all, the supporters that hold the club dear.

As well as an examination of the world of professional football, The Great Escape? is also a modern love story about the growing relationship between a lonely manager and  a lovely young woman who understands his situation.

The Great Escape? also demonstrates how an obsession with football can distort father- daughter relationships and it is essential reading for those affected by this phenomenon, directly or indirectly.

Original Response to The Great Escape?

It was described in the Herald review as “at last an intelligent and readable novel about football and life” and “strong in narrative”. Other reviews called it “the best novel about football I have ever read” and “the ideal present for football fans of all ages and both sexes”. The main theme of all comments on its original publication were about how well written and readable it was.

Unfortunately at the time of its publication technical and legal problems prevented Ringwood for giving “The Great Escape?” the promotion, publicity and distribution it deserved, but it still sold well in Scotland’s main cities. These problems are now long resolved and it is expected “The Great Escape?” will again prove very popular.

Title: THE GREAT ESCAPE?
ISBN: 1901514-01-3
ISBN: 978-1-901514-01-8
Format: Paperback
Price: £6.99

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Own Goal, by Sandy Jamieson

OWN GOAL is set in Glasgow in 1990 and tells of one’s Glaswegian’s dramatic contribution to Glasgow’s Year as European City of Culture.

The first part, Game One, tells the story of Frank Hunter’s attempt to gain a fitting revenge on the Tory Headmaster who had scuppered Frank’s most precious dream many years previously. His plan, involving an English prostitute and a Lochgelly belt called “Old Faithful” works out perfectly, except for one fatal little hitch.

Game Two tells how the consequences of this miscalculation drive him to seize the political destiny that will make him immortal, as the lucky Scot who implements the secret fantasy of most of his country folk and gets That Bloody Woman in the sights of a high powered rifle.

His chosen location, Hampden Park on Cup Final day, ensures his defining act will combine the two main strands of his life, football and politics,  a fitting culmination. A Celtic supporter all his life, he briefly worries that his act might spoil the game for the tens of thousands of Celtic supporters present, but concludes it will not.

Praise for OWN GOAL

Own Goal was described in the ‘Herald’ Review as “The best Scottish sexual and political thriller since 39 Steps” and the Herald also referred to it as “A peculiarly Scottish cocktail of the passions of politics, football, sex, religion, love and friendship”.

The  review in “The List” gave the book 4 stars and stated: “For a detailed and entertaining look at the ironies and inconsistencies in Scottish football and politics, there is no need to look any further then Jamieson’s latest novel OWN GOAL. Simply riveting”.

Other reviews stated “this intoxicating book adds an important new voice to the national debate about destiny and identity” and “A major addition to the list of books which help explain Scotland”.

Own Goal was selected as one of the Books of the Year by Waterstone’s Glasgow Sauchiehall Street branch where it sold many copies.

Own Goal was also selected as Book of the Year in the ‘Sunday Herald’ by Scotland’s Education Minister who wrote “Own Goal mixes politics, football, questions of Scottish identity and Glasgow humour in an inimitable style. Essential reading for anyone who lived through the Thatcher years.”

With its dramatic anti-Thatcher cover and intense political content “OWN GOAL” quickly on initial publication became a cult book with students at Glasgow’s two Universities.

OWN GOAL can be purchased on site for £12 including p&p or ordered by post or e-mail for the same price.

Title: Own Goal
ISBN: 1-901514-00-5
ISBN: 978-1-901514-00-1
Format: Paperback
Price: £9.99

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