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Driving home from a party with his girlfriend and brother, all of them drunk and high on stolen pills, Billy Blackmore accidentally hits someone in the night. In a panic, they all decide to drive off.
But the next day Billy wakes to find he has to cover the story for the local paper. It turns out the dead man was Edinburgh's biggest crime lord and, as Billy struggles with what he's done, he is sucked into a nightmare of guilt, retribution and violence.
From the author of the acclaimed Smokeheads, Hit & Run is another pitch-black psychological thriller.
Faber & Faber; February 2012
- ISBN 9780571270460
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- Title: Hit and Run
- Author: Doug Johnstone
Imprint: Faber & Faber
About The Author
Doug Johnstone is the author of three novels, most recently Smokeheads (2011), described in The Times as 'a hugely atmospheric thriller soaked in the spirit of life'. Writer in residence at the University of Strathclyde, he is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter and musician, and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh.
Needs some re-thinking of gender issues
Good story, lots of twists and turns, but I won't read others as there is to much "male" gaze on female characters. I am Scottish and this is why I picked up on this author. But...he's not Rankin.