Top five Scottish crime writers to catch at the EIBF
The city that embodies vice and virtue welcomes the authors
This article is from 2010.
With its Jekyll and Hyde nature, Edinburgh is the perfect spot for the portraiturists of good and evil to congregate. Here’s a quintet of Scottish scribes to catch this week
Tony Black. Gus Drury is Black’s flawed bobby and in Long Time Dead, he’s rushing about trying to keep his demons in check while investigating the ritual slaughter of a student. 17 Aug, 8.30pm, £10 (£8).
Gillian Galbraith. And accompanying Black on stage is the creator of the DS Alice Rice mysteries, the latest of which is No Sorrow to Die, in which a serial killer appears to dispatching the terminally ill. 17 Aug, 8.30pm, £10 (£8).
Christopher Brookmyre. He may have dabbled around the genre in recent times but for some, Brookmyre is the quintessence of contemporary Scottish crime writing. 17 Aug, 8pm, £10 (£8).
Quintin Jardine. He may have done a little sweary word on the radio last year, but QJ is one of crime fiction’s true gents. Even when he’s bumping them off left right and centre in the Bob Skinner stories. 19 Aug, 3pm, £10 (£8).
Ian Rankin. At 50, he’s arguably the youngish grandfaither of the Tartan Noir pack. Rebus may be no more, but with The Complaints, Rankin can’t leave those coppers alone. 19 Aug, 6.30pm, £10 (£8). (Brian Donaldson)