Friday, 11 May 2012


If you've been reading the Ayrshire Post these last 30-odd weeks you might have stumbled across The Storm Without which has been serialised there.

If not, well, here's the hook:

Still recovering from the harrowing case that ended his police career, Doug Michie returns to his boyhood home of Ayr on Scotland’s wind-scarred west coast. He hopes to rebuild his shattered life, get over the recent failure of his marriage and shed his demons, but the years have changed the birthplace of the poet Robert Burns.

When Doug meets his old school-day flame Lyn, however, he feels his past may offer the salvation of a future.  But, Lyn’s son has been accused of murder and she begs Doug to find the truth. 

Soon Doug is tangled in a complicated web of corrupt politicians, frightened journalists and a police force in cahoots with criminals.  Only Burns’ philosophical musings offer Doug some shelter as he wanders the streets of Auld Ayr battling The Storm Without.

I had an absolute blast with this one, which I set in my old home town. (I tried to be as kind as I could, folks!)

Doug is a an ex-cop who falls into the investigator's role - so he's sitting somewhere between DI Rob Brennan and Gus Dury. But, I'd say less morose than Rob, and a bit more even-tempered than Gus. A bit.

Oh, and the dude on the jacket is Chris Taylor - an actor and dramatist from Ayr - who you might have seen on the telly once or twice.

THE STORM WITHOUT is being published by McNidder & Grace in paperback in June, and in eBook by Blasted Heath. You can pick up both versions on Amazon.