Friday, July 27, 2012

Crime Leads The Way In Bloody Scotland

Gregor White at the Stirling Observer reports on the Scottish city's first crime festival.

Scotland’s first dedicated crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, comes to Stirling this September, with plenty of big names including Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, William McIlvanney and Val McDermid.Icelandic and Norwegian writers Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Karin Fossum are also set to contribute.With Nordic crime riding high in the popularity stakes, writer and Bloody Scotland founder Lin Anderson considers how Scotland might fit the mould.

SCOTTISH crime fiction is among the best in the world.

You can read the rest of the story via the below link:

You can also read my Philadelphia Inquirer review of a novel by one of Scotland's famed crime writers, Val McDermid, via the below link:

Note: I lived in Scotland for two years in the mid-1970s while stationed on a Navy tugboat at the U.S. nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch. Although the weather was awful, I have fond memories of the people and the country. Ironically, although Scotland's crime writers are riding high, the crime rate in the country is relatively low.   

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