A thrilling murder mystery set on a Scottish Island.
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LONGLISTED FOR THE MCILVANNEY PRIZE 2019
‘Our finest emerging crime fiction talent’ – Quintin Jardine
‘Skelton builds up the suspense before going in for the kill. A particularly gripping thriller’ – Herald
‘Immersive, compelling and shot through with Skelton’s pitch-black humour, Thunder Bay will reverberate like the last echoes of a storm long after you read the draw-dropping climax’ – Neil Broadfoot
‘The risks Skelton took in creating Thunder Bay have paid off in spades. As well as creating a sympathetic new protagonist, he has crafted an emotionally truthful tale and delivered it in a lyrical style that places him among Scotland’s top cadre of crime writers’ – Louise Fairbairn, Scotsman
‘Skelton proves once more that he is master of his craft. I can’t think of many, if any, other writers who bring such varied and distinctive styles to their books. …[He’s] a writer who you can’t pidgeonhole or pin down. I, for one, can’t wait to see what he gives us next’ – Scots Whay Hae!
When reporter Rebecca Connolly is told of Roddie Drummond’s return to the island of Stoirm she senses a story. Fifteen years before he was charged with the murder of his lover, Mhairi. When he was found Not Proven, Roddie left the island and no one, apart from his sister, knew where he was or what he was doing. Now he has returned for his mother’s funeral – and it will spark an explosion of hatred, bitterness and violence.
Defying her editor’s wishes, Rebecca joins forces with local photographer Chazz Wymark to dig into the secrets surrounding Mhairi’s death, and her mysterious last words of Thunder Bay, the secluded spot on the west coast of the island where, according to local lore, the souls of the dead set off into the after life. When another murder takes place, and the severe weather that gives the island its name hits, she is ideally placed to uncover the truth about what happened that night fifteen years before.
Douglas Skelton was born in Glasgow. He has been a bank clerk, tax officer, taxi driver (for two days), wine waiter (for two hours), journalist and investigator. He has written eleven true crime and Scottish criminal history books but now concentrates on fiction. His novel Open Wounds (2016) was longlisted for the McIlvanney Award. Douglas has investigated real-life crime for Glasgow solicitors and was involved in a long-running campaign to right the famous Ice- Cream Wars miscarriage of justice.