Crash Land is Kindle Daily Deal Today!

Buy it here!
Crash Land is everyone’s favourite Orcadian plane crash twenty-first century update of Double Indemnity, and now it’s a Kindle Daily Deal over on Amazon!
That means it’s only 99p on yer Kindle, and that offer is today ONLY. After that you’ll be back to paying top dollar.
Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh and Chris Brookmyre are all fans of Doug’s books. That sounds like the kind of gang you want to be in.
So if you haven’t already, go and get it, and find out what all the fuss is about.
Cheers! Dx
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Colpisci e Scappa!


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Ciao! This is exciting folks – Hit & Run is published in Italy on the 9th of June by the lovely people at Casa Sirio! It has a well nice graphic cover and is called Colpisci e Scappa. I’m doing a wee tour of Italy in July, sorting out dates at the moment – watch this space, amici!


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Event at Waterstones Dundee tonight!

Fair people of Dundee! I am doing the do in your Waterstones tonight, 6.30pm, talking about Crash Land, or anything else you want to know. Come! I guarantee there will be views like this:


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I’m joining Orenda Books!

orenda-letterhead-red_high-res.jpgSo I have some exciting news – I’ve just signed a two-book deal with Orenda Books! Orenda are one of my favourite publishers with many of my favourite writers, and Karen Sullivan is an absolute whirlwind publisher – I couldn’t be more excited to join Team Orenda! The first book, Fault Lines, is due out this time next year.

It’s announced in today’s Bookseller, but if you can’t access it, the text is below:


‘Spine-tingling’ Scottish thriller to Orenda Books
Published May 3, 2017 by Natasha Onwuemezi

Orenda Books has signed Scottish crime writer Doug Johnstone in a two-book deal.

Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, acquired world English language rights for two standalone thrillers by Johnstone from Phil Patterson of Marjacq Scripts.

Sullivan said: “This is a hugely exciting signing for Orenda Books, and Doug is an immaculate fit for our growing list. I’ve long been a fan of Doug’s work – his high-quality writing, exceptional ability to create memorable characters and to sensitively examine motivation and emotional vulnerability – and I could not be happier to publish his next two books.”

The first, Fault Lines, is a speculative thriller set in a post-volcanic Edinburgh. Sullivan said: “It is, quite literally, spine-tingling, with a tense, intricate plot, an intriguing and original premise, beautifully drawn characters who share a series of eerie and complex relationships, and a stunning ending.” It will be published in May 2018, with the second book to follow in 2019.

Patterson said: “I am thrilled that Doug will be published by Orenda Books. Karen and her team have impressed with their energy and commitment to their writers.  I have no doubt Orenda will showcase Doug’s considerable talents.”

Johnstone added: “I’m very excited to be joining Orenda. I’ve been a huge fan of their diverse list since they started, and Karen is the most hard-working and enthusiastic publisher in the business.”


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Crash Land is out today!

The paperback of Crash Land is out today! Buy it here!

Sitting in the departure lounge of Kirkwall Airport, Finn Sullivan just wants to get off Orkney. But then he meets the mysterious and dangerous Maddie Pierce, stepping in to save her from some unwanted attention, and his life is changed forever. Set against the brutal, unforgiving landscape of Orkney, Crash Land is a psychological thriller steeped in guilt, shame, lust, deception and murder.
‘A haunting, unforgettable page turner that ticks every excellence box in crime writing.’ Alanna Knight

‘An unnerving tale of what happens to ordinary lives when the wheels come off.’ Val McDermid

‘A gripping and thoughtful examination of how life can change in an instant.’ The Daily Mirror

‘Johnstone takes a classic film noir set-up and transposes it to a vividly portrayed Orkney. A treat.’ The Sunday Times

Pop along to your local independent book shop and buy a copy, or alternatively you can buy it online here.

Cheers! Dx

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Dates with Dangerous Authors

Off to do this nuts event, starting 2.30pm. It’s like speed dating with crime writers, apparently, two dozen of us. Who knows? Anyway, see you on the other side.

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Here we go again…

Started working on Book 10 today, couple of thousand words on the page. Here’s a picture of a place where some of it is set. Happy weekend, folks!


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