Monday, August 19, 2013

Stuart MacBride in New Zealand next week

Best-selling Scottish crime writer Stuart MacBride, whose DI Logan McRae tales expertly blend humour and horror, returns to New Zealand next week for a couple of library events.
I'm gutted that I'm overseas and will miss this - I've met MacBride a couple of times (in New Zealand, and at Harrogate), and he's a really funny and interesting guy to chat to. I'd highly advise any crime fiction fans in Auckland and Wellington to get themselves to these events next week - I'm sure you'll have a blast.
  • Thursday 29 August: 6pm - Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington
  • Friday 30 August: 6.30pm - Remuera Library, 429 Remuera Road, Remuera, $5 entry to pay at door. RSVP - Please phone Remuera Library on 09 520 2532
MacBride is touring in support of his latest McRae novel, CLOSE TO THE BONE. Here's the blurb:
Detective Inspector Logan McRae is finally getting back on his feet after the events of the past few years. Putting things behind him. Getting better... But it was never going to last. The first body is chained to a stake: strangled and stabbed, with a burning tyre around its neck. But is this a gangland execution or something much darker? 
Someone’s leaving little knots of bones outside Detective Inspector Logan McRae’s house, but he’s got more pressing things to worry about. Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory; two teenage lovers are missing; someone’s crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan’s been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant, a mountain of paperwork, and the unwelcome attention of his superiors and the local crime boss.

When another body turns up, it looks as if the similarities between these murders and the plots of a bestselling novel are more than just a coincidence. And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look... 
I wrote a feature article on MacBride for Good Reading magazine a few years ago (see image above) - unfortunately this isn't available to read online. However, you can read some more about my interview with MacBride, including some interesting Q&A snippets about switching from futuristic thrillers to crime novels to get his break, his crime writing influences, and his cat Grendel that didn't make it into the final article, here.

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