Released on Monday 17th March, here is the book blurb for BOTTLENECK, CULLEN 5 -
Acting Detective Sergeant Scott Cullen almost has the stable relationship and promotion he’s long coveted. The uncertainty surrounding the imminent Police Scotland restructure and his crippling caseload both take their toll on him. Now living with his girlfriend, her own burning ambition puts a strain on their relationship and her health, traits they both share.
But when a body is discovered in the abandoned streets underneath Edinburgh’s Old Town, Cullen struggles to identify the victim before trawling the depths of the Scottish music scene, digging up old scores in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Now, as he returns to the Angus home town he’s long since left, Cullen finds himself spread thin, hunting across Scotland for a killer who leaves no trace. As Scotland’s police forces are centralised into Police Scotland, Cullen is dragged into the murky world of internal politics, blocking progress in the case and jeopardising his own career.
BOTTLENECK is a tense police procedural novel about greed and ambition that will suck you in from the start.
Intended as a series jumping-on point, BOTTLENECK is Book 5 in the Edinburgh-based police procedurals starring DC Scott Cullen which have been compared favourably with Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Ed McBain, Elmore Leonard and Stuart MacBride.
I’ll be appearing on BBC Scotland’s Culture Studio tomorrow with fellow Tartoin Noir authors Alex Gray and Craig Robertson talking about how the changes to Police Scotland have impacted crime writers -
Just a quick note to say I’ll be appearing at Dunbar this coming Friday (the poster says it much better than I can) -
Quick post to say that SHOT THROUGH THE HEART is now free at Amazon and all other retailers.
“An enjoyable tale that I found difficult to put down. The lead character, Mark Campbell, is well developed and believably flawed while the story line is suitably spooky.”
- 4/5, Scottish Field, February 2014 issue
Mark Campbell, historian and author, is desperate to finish his new book on the infamous Highland Clearances when his researcher mysteriously disappears. Abandoning his depressed wife and new baby, Mark rushes to a remote Scottish village to investigate.
But when he gets there, all is not what it seems. Who is the attractive landowner, Lady Elizabeth Ruthven, and why is she housebound on a remote loch island? Why are wild dogs hunting him? What really happened to the researcher?
Mark’s investigation is soon overwhelmed by a series of unnerving events, plunging him into a nightmare of vampires and devil worship. Can he make it back home to his family in one piece?
SHOT THROUGH THE HEART is a thrill-ride adventure set in the Scottish Highlands, cleverly weaving the supernatural with history. It will grip you right through to its shocking conclusion.
Amazon UK Kindle link
Also available at Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Sony eReader and in paperback.
Unfortunately, I’m going to have to delay the release of BOTTLENECK by a couple of weeks to Monday 17-Mar-14. Sincere apologies for this, it’s entirely my own fault. Nothing major, just juggling a few too many plates just now. It will be more than worth the wait. As someone told me recently, I’ve made a real mistake calling it that. Should have stuck with SPANNER IN THE WORKS…
Anyway, here is the artwork for the book – it’s a radical departure from the style of the previous books and I’m really happy with it -
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting the following things for you -
- Cover reveal – today
- Blurb – next week
- First chapter – following week
This is a pretty difficult decision to make but I think it’s important. I’m trying to release the highest quality work I can and not cut the corners I used to. I am getting better at understanding how much work is involved in the production of a book. This one is the best thing I’ve done by a good distance and I’m determined to get it right.
Thanks again for all of your support.
Last Friday I did a video shoot to publicise BOTTLENECK and show you lot around the Edinburgh of the Scott Cullen books. Here it is -
Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz-z7NNtPM4
More BOTTLENECK stuff will be appearing over the next week or so.
A few other things -
1) SHOT THROUGH THE HEART is now FREE on Amazon - http://mybook.to/edjamesheart - and all other places (I’ve noticed Nook so far)
2) DYED IN THE WOOL is reduced to £2.99 on Amazon - http://mybook.to/edjamesdyed
3) Been a busy boy of late, sign up to the newsletter to find out precisely what in the next couple of days - http://eepurl.com/pyjv9
Saw this news story, which is reasonably similar to DEVIL IN THE DETAIL, proof that real life is stranger than fiction -