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16 February 2008, Herald
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NEW WAVE CRIME WRITERS FEATURE IN THE HERALD 16th February 2008

OK ... so why do photographers always ask me to sit down and prop my chin on my hand?
I know I am a tall lady, but what's with the hand-under-the-chin bit?

So what if Rebus has retired? A new gang of Scottish crime writers is eager to fill his shoes.

The Herald newspaper ran an excellent feature on the New Wave of Crime Writers in Scotland in their Saturday 16th February issue.

THE NEXT CHAPTER

Picture this. A beautifully preserved library, its books dusted and pillars painted the antique white beloved of interiors magazines.  Into this serene atmosphere bursts a babble of crime writers, each told to leave their weapon of choice at the door.

Catriona McPherson Allan Guthrie           
           Denise Mina     Lin Anderson
          


              Karen Campbell                       Alex Gray    Aline Templeton
  Lin Anderson             

Some of the nation's most exciting authors, they have gathered ahead of Aye Write! , Glasgow's literary festival, sponsored by The Herald. Among this year's highlights, the crime genre will be celebrated with guests including the authors gathered here. If they make it out the library alive, expect some explosive readings at the festival, which runs March 7-15.
And still they go on. The murders: the stabbings and shootings and stranglings and suffocations. The beatings and bludgeonings, the drownings and defenestrations.

It's now been five months since Exit Music, possibly the last Inspector Rebus novel, appeared in bookshops, but there's been no letting up in the number of killings - fictional ones at any rate - in Scotland. Death is one of our nation's growing spectator sports.
And here are seven of the culprits. Posing in the library at Pollok House, Glasgow, the cream of Scottish crime writers are sharing stories, recalling past meetings, planning future ones and generally enjoying each other's company.

 



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