First Foray into Fiction

McNidder & Grace is making it's first steps into fiction with the publication of 'The Storm Without' a new novel from acclaimed Scottish crime writer Tony Black. The book is due out in June 2012 and promises to be a thrilling story. Readers of the Ayrshire Post can read extracts from it from now until the end of May.

Still recovering from the harrowing case that ended his police career, Doug Michie returns to his boyhood home of Ayr on Scotlands 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, Lyns 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.

ISBN: 978-0-85716-040-9, Paperback, £7.99