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Introducing… Glasgow's answer to Tony Soprano

Beyond the Rage: an electric Tartan Noir with shock twists and pitch-perfect banter. 

   

The legendary Tony Soprano may be the king of the criminal anti-heroes, but Kenny O'Neill, the conflicted villain in Michael J Malone's new crime thriller Beyond the Rage, could prove to be Tony's Scottish heir apparent. 

Kenny is a criminal with a touch of class about him, a self-made man who’s always one step ahead. But right now he’s raging… Not only has his high-class escort girlfriend just been attacked, but his father is reaching out from the past – despite abandoning Kenny as a child after his mother’s suicide. Kenny embarks on a dual mission to hunt down his girl’s attacker and find out the truth about his father... but instead he unravels disturbing family secrets and finds that revenge is not always sweet.

An intelligent, violent thriller shot through with dark humour, Beyond the Rage enthrals and disturbs in equal measure. With an intricate plot, all-too-believable characters and perfectly pitched dialogue, this is a masterclass in crime fiction writing.

The paperback is out on Thu 12 Feb and the ebook is available now from Amazon.

You can still catch Michael J Malone talking about Kenny and Beyond the Rage at two launch events. He's appearing with Lin Anderson at Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh, on Wed 11 Feb, 6.30pm. Michael will also be reading from the novel and answering audience questions at Carnegie Library, Ayr, on Thu 12 Feb, 7pm. 

Fabulous fiction in February

Coming soon: An electric new Tartan Noir thriller; and sumptuous historical fiction featuring scandal, love, art and bohemia in 19th century Paris

          

This February will see two superb - and very different - new novels from Scottish writers...

Beyond the Rage, by Michael J Malone - 12 February

This tough, funny, dark crime novel features shock twists and pitch-perfect banter. Kenny O’Neill is a criminal with a touch of class about him, a self-made man who’s always one step ahead. But right now he’s raging…

Not only has his high-class escort girlfriend just been attacked, but his father is reaching out from the past – despite abandoning Kenny as a child after his mother’s suicide. Kenny embarks on a dual mission to hunt down his girl’s attacker and find out the truth about his father... but instead he unravels disturbing family secrets and finds that revenge is not always sweet. 

Beyond the Rage launch events:

Waterstones, Argyle St, Glasgow, on Wed 4 Feb, 7pm (with Caro Ramsay)

Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh, on Wed 11 Feb, 6.30pm (with Lin Anderson)

Carnegie Library, Ayr, on Thu 12 Feb, 7pm

 

Paris Kiss, by Maggie Ritchie - 26 February

This beautiful historical novel transports us to the studio of the legendary Rodin in 1880s Bohemian Paris. It's an exotic, strange and exciting place – especially to young English sculptress Jessie Lipscomb, who joins her friend Camille to become a protégée of the great Auguste Rodin. Jessie and Camille enjoy a passionate friendship and explore the demi-monde of the vibrant city, meeting artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and the boldly unconventional Rosa Bonheur. 

But when Rodin and Camille embark on a scandalous affair, Jessie is cast as their unwilling go-between and their friendship unravels. Years later she tracks her down to an insane asylum where Camille tells her an explosive secret – can their friendship survive the betrayal? 

Paris Kiss launch event:

Waterstones, Argyle St, Glasgow, on Thu 26 February, 7pm. Maggie Ritchie will be in conversation with Bridget McCann

Jim Crumley’s new Encounters in the Wild series

    

Jim Crumley, one of the country's leading nature writers, offers close encounters with our favourite animals in his enchanting new series of books, published on Thursday 20 November… just in time for Christmas!

In the Encounters in the Wild series, Jim gets up close and personal with British wildlife. With his inimitable passion and vision, he relives memorable encounters with some of our best-loved native species, offering astonishing insights into their extraordinary lives. The Barn Owl and the Fox are the subjects of the first two books in the series, with two more planned for 2015. 

Inspired by Jim’s lifetime of living and breathing the British countryside, the Encounters in the Wild books combine poetic and incisive writing with beautiful artwork – and are the perfect gift for nature lovers.

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