The Nature of Crime

The Nature of Crime

What is it we love about crime writing? The heart-stopping suspense? The charismatic antiheros? The voyeuristic glimpse into the criminal underworld? Or simply the euphoric thrill of puzzle solving? Whatever your reason, kill some time this August and get your crime-fix with some of the world’s most celebrated masters of the genre.

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Louise Welsh burst onto the Scottish detective fiction scene in 2002 with The Cutting Room. Her enigmatic protagonist Rilke, auctioneer, cruiser, man of indeterminate morals, has retained his place in readers’ hearts for two decades, as has his...
 

Frankie Boyle: Post-Referendum Thrills

Wednesday 17 August 20:30 - 21:30

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Frankie Boyle is one of Scotland’s most outspoken comedians, inciting shock and adoration in almost equal measure for his cutting cynicism. In his debut thriller drug dealers, artificial intelligence and Scottish politics come together under the...
 

Denise Mina: Meta-Crime for the Internet Age

Friday 19 August 17:30 - 18:30

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Denise Mina grows more fascinating with every book she brings out. The first book in the Anna and Fin series was named a joint winner of the McIlvanny Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2019. Now, Confidence brings us another meta-story starring...
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In Fiona Erskine’s Phosphate Rocks, the destruction of a chemical works in Leith unveils a grisly secret. In Alex Gray’s Echo of the Dead, the discovery of two bodies ruins a Highlands holiday. And in Helen Sedgwick’s What Doesn’t Break Us, a...
 

Mark Billingham: Everything to Lose

Sunday 21 August 20:15 - 21:15

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Tom Thorne finally has it all: good friends, a fulfilling love life and a job in which he’s happy. But a series of terrible murders, and the hunt for the woman responsible, will threaten the stability that Thorne has long needed – and may bring to...
 

Ian Rankin: Here’s to Absent and Imaginary Friends

Monday 22 August 20:30 - 21:30

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Even without a Rebus novel, Ian Rankin has had quite a year. The novel co-authored with William McIlvanney, The Dark Remains, hit the spot – both with McIlvanney aficionados and with Rankin’s legions of readers. Then he turned to television with the...
 

Philip Miller & C S Robertson: Violent Ends

Tuesday 23 August 17:30 - 18:30

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Philip Miller’s The Goldenacre is the second detective novel set in Edinburgh’s fine art scene – now the provenance of a masterpiece holds a clue to a string of murders. C S Robertson’s The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill introduces a...
 

Abir Mukherjee: Raj-Era Mysteries and Political Fallout

Wednesday 24 August 18:15 - 19:15

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A truly unique voice in crime fiction, award-winning Abir Mukherjee brings us the fifth book in the Wyndham and Banerjee series. With The Shadows of Men, set in Raj-era India, simmering political tensions form the background to the murder of a Hindu...
 

Gwen Adshead & Angela Gallop: What’s Behind a Crime?

Thursday 25 August 16:00 - 17:00

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When a violent crime is committed, who needs to get involved aside from the detectives? Dr Gwen Adshead and Professor Angela Gallop provide two different but equally eye-opening answers in their new books. The Devil You Know shares Adshead’s...