Falling Fast, published on 8 May, is a visceral, brutal crime thriller; the first in a trilogy by debut author, Dundee International Book Prize finalist and Bristol CrimeFest panellist Neil Broadfoot.
From its shock opening to the final jaw-dropping twist, Falling Fast draws the reader into the world of Doug McGregor, a crime reporter juggling two stories: the hunt for a convicted rapist and the grisly death of a prominent politician’s daughter. Working off the record with insider contact and sometime sparring partner DS Susie Drummond, Doug uncovers secrets, brutal violence, drug abuse, murder – and the ultimate taboo.
Neil says: “I’ve always loved crime fiction, from Rankin, McBride and Banks to Conan Doyle, so I suppose it was only natural that, after so many years as a fan, I’d turn my hand to writing my own. Edinburgh’s my home, and I’ve worked in the media for more than a decade, so it was inevitable I would write about what I know, not just in Falling Fast, but my future novels as well.
“I’ve been told I’ve got a flair for describing the more visceral, violent side of life, and I hope that shows through in Falling Fast. I’ve tried to write the type of novel I like to read – fast paced, with plenty of twists and turns and, most importantly, a strong story and characters to keep the reader gripped.
“Scotland has a vibrant, thriving group of hugely talented crime writers, and it’s a huge honour for me to join them under the Contraband imprint.”