Driven by amateur whisky-nut Adam, four late-thirties ex-university mates are heading to Islay—the remote Scottish island world famous for its single malts—with a wallet full of cash, a stash of coke and a serious thirst.
Over a weekend soaked in the finest cask strength spirit, they meet young divorcee Molly, who Adam has a soft spot for, her little sister Ash who has all sorts of problems and Molly’s ex-husband Joe, a control freak who also happens to be the local police. As events spiral out of control, they are all thrown into a nightmare that gets worse at every turn.
This audiobook has all the signature hallmarks of a Doug Johnstone books. Having read a lot of Doug’s previous books and also listened to a few via the Library I was keen to be part of this tour.
Adam and his group of Whisky loving friends take a trip to the island of Islay famous for it’s single malts, Adam wants to start producing his own Whisky so this is the ideal location to pitch his idea to his friends. The first sign of trouble comes when they are pulled over by a police officer fresh off the ferry from the mainland but as per all of Doug’s novels this police officer is about to become central to the plot.
The narrator was also familiar to myself with being a regular narrator of some of Doug’s other books so I felt right at home listening to his smooth voice that carries me into all of Doug’s stories immersing me into the atmosphere of the island and the story.
Bad weather, islanders protecting their own, single track roads, cocaine and faltering loyalties Doug’s writing makes sure whether you are reading this book or listening to it, you won’t miss out which ever media you chose.
Doug Johnstone is the author of fourteen novels, most recently Black Hearts (2022). The Big Chill (2020), was longlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his books have been bestsellers and three, A Dark Matter (2020), Breakers (2019) and The Jump (2015), were shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions over the last two decades including festivals, libraries, universities, schools, prisons and a funeral directors.
Doug is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow and works as a mentor and manuscript assessor for many organisations, including The Literary Consultancy, Scottish Book Trust and New Writing North. He’s been an arts journalist for over twenty years and has also written many short stories and screenplays. He is a songwriter and musician with six albums and three EPs released, and plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also co-founder of the Scotland Writers Football Club.
Angus King is a Scottish actor based in London & Glasgow. He trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and works regularly on television, Motion Capture and the West End and his voice can be heard in audiobooks, political campaigns, radio drama, corporate videos, computer games, ADR and much more.
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