Kirkcaldy author nominated for prestigious award

Craig Russell also writes under the pseudonym Christopher Galt.
Craig Russell also writes under the pseudonym Christopher Galt.

A new novel by a Kirkcaldy born author has been shortlisted for the ‘Bloody Scotland’ Crime Book of the Year.

Craig Russell’s book The Ghosts of Altona sees Hamburg Police head, Jan Fabel, haunted by the discovery of a body from his first ever case.

Mr Russell is the best-selling author of the Jan Fabel thrillers and the Lennox thrillers set in 1950s Glasgow.

He said: “The crime novel in Scotland is evolving into something much broader and more varied than ever before and this is the most interesting time and place to be writing in the form – making it a huge honour to have been shortlisted.”

The books in line for an award were chosen by an independent panel of readers from a longlist of 55 books.

Magnus Linklater, journalist, writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson, and Caron Macpherson of Waterstones Argyle Street form the panel of judges.

Dom Hastings, director, said: “This year’s shortlist, replete with a number of very successful authors, is testament to the the strength, variety and diversity of crime writing in Scotland.”

Bloody Scotland is a crime writing festival taking place in Stirling from September 11-13.

For tickets visit, Bloody Scotland or phone 01786 27 4000.