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This event will feature two authors whose Glasgow noir novels draw on their real life experience of the West of Scotland crime and justice system.
Allan Nicol was a Procurator Fiscal in the West of Scotland for many years while Charles Sharkey worked as a criminal lawyer in Glasgow for over 30 years.
Allan Nicol’s novel 'Liberation' (published September 2021) is a fictionalised account of an infamous Glasgow killing in the late 1940s, when a serving policeman committed a murder while on duty.
Charles Sharkey’s debut crime novel, 'Clutching At Straws' (published July 2021) features DI Frank Dorsey and his struggles with the bloody consequences of a fallout between a long time Glasgow crime family and new Eastern European gangsters trying to establish themselves in the city.
Both have published books before but these are their first crime novels. Allan Nicol wrote the definitive books on two of Scotland’s serial killers: Peter Manuel, and Archibald Hall, the Borders butler. Charles Sharkey has three well-received novels to his name: 'Dark Loch' about the effect of the First World War on a Scottish crofting community; 'The Volunteer' about the Belfast troubles; and 'Memoirs of Franz Schreiber' set in inter–war Berlin. Each will talk about their books, and discuss their stories, their experience with the real life Glasgow crime scene, and the interaction between fact and fiction with the audience.
About the event
There are a few steps to the front door of the building. It is intended to hold the event in a room on the ground floor, but depending on the physical distancing restrictions at the time it may be moved to a larger room on the first floor. Attendees will be advised beforehand if this is the case.