Tag – You’re Dead out now! Davie McCall McIlvanney Listed

Tag – You’re Dead out now!

Dominic Queste is back – and playing a deadly game with a ruthless killer



I’m Douglas Skelton – a crime writer who specialises in fiction and non-fiction  from the darker side of our world. My non-fiction charts the true life exploits of murderers, criminals and cause celebres. My fiction focuses on the underbelly of Glasgow – Scotland’s biggest, industrial and working-class city; with a history of tobacco barons, Victorian elegance, manufacturing, gangs, and culture. It’s a hard but sentimental city. It’s a city with a fierce and abiding heart.

The Dead Don't Boogie

A missing teenager should be an easy job for Dominic Queste - after all, finding lost souls is what he does best. But sometimes it's better if those souls stay lost.

Davie McCall Series

Davie McCall has darkness inside him. A darkness that haunts him, but also helps him do despicable things to those trying to cause him and his friends harm.


Dark, black, hearts, valentines, Indian Peter and all true from Scotland.

Best Crime Book

Douglas Skelton's final Davie McCall book "Open Wounds" is listed for the McIlvanney Prize 2016 as best Crime Book of the Year at this year's Bloody Scotland

Latest Blog

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Schooldays and friendship

Last night I attended a prizegiving at Lesmahagow High School. My job was to shake hands, congratulate each prizewinner and then pass them their certificate or trophy. I managed it...


Looking back can be a bad habit

Sometimes looking back is not a good idea. Just ask Lot’s wife.

Beauty and the Beast - although if anyone else calls Caro the beast I'll rip their lungs out with a spoon. With thanks to Jack Nicholson's Joker.
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Tag – You’re Dead Glasgow Launch

Best-selling author, the elegant Caro Ramsay™, will be giving me a verbal thrashing once again when she hosts the launch of another of my books. I don’t know which of...


Talking crime at Newcastle Noir

I’m heading back across the border to Newcastle again, this time to take part in the hugely popular Newcastle Noir festival. Clearly, I got away with it last time. I’m appearing with...

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Tag – You’re Dead Ayr launch

  Author and broadcaster Theresa Talbot will be hosting the Ayr launch for the new Dominic Queste thriller. Tag – You’re Dead will be published by Contraband on April 27....


The terrors of a new book

The new book will be published on April 27. I hope it entertains. I hope it enthrals. I hope it makes you at least smile. I hope, this time, it scares you.

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Dear, Gritty Place at Aye Write

Douglas Skelton will be sharing the stage with top authors Alex Gray and Les Wood in this year’s Aye Write festival. It promises to be a fascinating and fun conversation...

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Carry on Sleuthing in Sanquhar

A’ The Airts, the community arts venue in Sanquhar, is launching a Nithsdale Noir season of events with the comedy mystery CARRY ON SLEUTHING on March 3. Once again, best-selling...

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Libraries must be protected

Libraries must be protected. Here I present a love letter I wrote to my favourite Glasgow library

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Marking five lustrums

I made an astonishing discovery this morning in the shower.