I’ve got a new book out. You may have noticed this if you’re a Facebook friend or follow me on Twitter.

I can’t speak for other writers but I know how I feel when a new title is released.

In a word, terror.

Once it’s printed, bound and distributed there’s no going back. There’s no further tweaking, no further correcting, no further rewriting. The story that began as a notion and grew into a book will now succeed or fail in the eyes of readers.

THE JANUS RUN is something of a gamble. It’s not set in Glasgow, or even Scotland. It’s not even in this collection of nations we call Britain. It’s set in New York.

And I hope I’ve pulled it off. I like to think I have.

A good friend of mine spent a number of years there and she told me I’ve managed it, which is a relief.

The reviews have been spectacular, which is also something of a relief.

Here’s a sample of some of them:

Scots Whay Hae called it “a proper page-turner thriller, pure and simple – enthralling from start to finish.”

You’ll find the full review here:

https://scotswhayhae.com/2018/10/23/begin-again-a-review-of-douglas-skeltons-the-janus-run/

Live and Deadly said Tense, full of action and packed with double dealing and intrigue, this is a first class read that leaves you wanting more.”

https://liveanddeadly.net/2018/10/09/the-janus-run-by-douglas-skelton-douglasskelton1-sarabnadbooks-bookreview/

Undiscovered Scotland said “This is a book that sinks its teeth into its readers like a Rottweiler and simply never lets go”

https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usreviews/books/contrabandjanus.html

Liz Loves books said “An intelligent character driven novel, one that leaves you wanting more”

http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-the-janus-run-douglas-skelton/

Simply Suze Reviews said: The action begins on the first page and doesn’t let up until the last.”

https://simplysuzereviews.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-janus-run-by-douglas-skelton.html

Raven Crime Reads said “the characterisation was first class, and supported by whip-smart dialogue”

https://ravencrimereads.wordpress.com/2018/09/30/douglas-skelton-the-janus-run/

Chapter In My Life said “Authentically brutal, powerfully plotted and perfectly executed The Janus Run will be ringing in your ears for a long time after you turn the last page!”

https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/bookreview-thejanusrun-from-douglas-skelton-douglasskelton1-sarabandbooks-bloodyscotland-tidelinesfest/

I’ll be heading to Waterstones in Argyle Street for the Glasgow launch of THE JANUS RUN.

I’ll be chatting about the book, writing about a city in which I don’t live, thrillers, mobsters, black ops agents and possibly tap dancing cats with fellow crime writer Neil Broadfoot.

And before you, ask no – I couldn’t get anyone better.

Kidding.

Maybe.

Anyway, it all kicks off at 6.30pm and I hope to see you.

Tickets are free but the store asks that you book, so here’s the link:

https://www.waterstones.com/events/douglas-skelton-launches-the-janus-run/glasgow-argyle-street

Things have suddenly turned busier than ever here at Hole-In-The-Wall.

First, THE JANUS RUN is now out there and ready, willing and (hopefully) able to give readers a thrill ride in words.

I’m also as busy ever on social media – well, as busy as I can be given I really don’t understand it at all!

I’m writing a new Carry on Sleuthing (more later) and awaiting edits on a new book to be published next March. I’ve already seen the cover and it’s so good it would make me want to read the book! And I know what happens.

You’ll hear a LOT more from me on this new one in the coming months.

However, I’m also out and about a great deal over the next few weeks.

DENZIL MEYRICK

Fans of Denzil Meyrick are snapping up his new book THE RELENTLESS TIDE.

I’ve been lucky enough to chair Denzil at two bookstore events for its release – Edinburgh and Glasgow.

I say chair but really you just start him off and watch him entertain the crowd with a string of one liners and stories.

I have two more with him coming up:

Thursday October 11 – Falkirk Library 3pm (in association with Waterstones)

https://www.waterstones.com/events/an-afternoon-with-denzil-meyrick/falkirk

Thursday November 8 – Waterstones, Oban, 6.30pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/464645690694642/

If you’ve never seen Denzil then come along if you can – he gives right good chat. and if you’ve never read his books, then you really are missing something!

CARRY ON SLEUTHING

You can’t keep a good show down. The same can be said for Carry on Sleuthing.

The gang is heading to Giffnock Library on Friday October 12 with MURDER AT THE KNICKERAGE.

https://www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/article/9764/Carry-On-Sleuthing

The very first Letitia Luvibod headscratcher, A DEATH ON THE OCEAN WAVE, will descend upon Troon Library on Wednesday November 14.

THE JANUS RUN

On Thursday October 18 I’ll be back in my old haunt of Waterstones Argyle Street for the Glasgow launch of the new book.

https://www.waterstones.com/events/douglas-skelton-launches-the-janus-run/glasgow-argyle-street

FOUR BLOKES IN SEARCH OF A PLOT

The four blokes – Neil Broadfoot, Gordon Brown, Mark Leggatt and myself – are crossing the water to Bute on Friday October 19. It’s already a near sell-out so if you want a ticket, be quick!

MEL SHERRATT

On Thursday November 25 I’ll be in Waterstones Argyle Street once again, this time to natter to bestselling author Mel Sherratt about her new book HUSH HUSH

https://www.waterstones.com/events/mel-sherratt-launches-hush-hush/glasgow-argyle-street

THE WEE CRIME FESTIVAL

The crime festival in Grantown-on-Spey is an absolutely cracking event and I hope I’m invited every year! So far, I’ve been lucky.

The event takes place from Friday November 2 to Sunday November 4 and is jam-packed with great authors.

And we’ll be debuting the brand new CARRY ON SLEUTHING: THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT PYLES.

BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND

Once again, I’m all over the place like a cheap suit during Book Week Scotland.

Monday November 19 – Greenock Library

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/rebels-and-rogues-with-crime-writer-douglas-skelton

Tuesday November 20 – Mitchell Library, Glasgow, in conversation with Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/a-conversation-with-denise-mina-and-liam-mcllvanney

Wednesday November 21 – Lochgilphead Library

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/the-rebel-in-crime

Thursday November 22 – Tobermory Library, Isle of Mull

https://bookweekscotlandevents.com/events/the-rebel-in-crime-1abe316f-73e2-44c3-bcfd-23b2fee5c80a

 

I’ve got a new book heading your way later this year.

Something different.

Well, for me.

For once, it’s not set in Scotland. I’ve spread my writing wings across the Atlantic to set a thriller in New York.

It’s been described as Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos and it’s a fast-moving conspiracy thriller in the mould of ‘Three Days of the Condor’ (and the original book, ‘Six Days of the Condor’). There’s even a wee sly nod to that at the climax. Let’s see who spots it.

The Janus Run will be published by Contraband in September.

New York 8-1 (2017_07_12 11_20_52 UTC)

 

‘A bullet doesn’t know good from evil, right from wrong. A bullet only knows how to kill. I was a bullet…’

 

For Cole Lang, the past was buried. A successful advertising executive, he has put one horrific marriage behind him but ahead was a new life with corporate lawyer Gina Scolari.

But then someone murders Gina. In his bed.

Big mistake.

They thought he was just a white collar pushover but they were wrong. He has secrets.

Gina had secrets, too, and one of them may have got her killed.

Was it because of her father, Tony Falcone, a former Mafioso who turned rat?

Or was it something else? Something from Cole’s past, from his days with Janus, a group so shadowy only those in the highest echelons of government know of its existence.

In the frame and on the run from the dogged cop Rosie Santoro and US Marshal TP McDonough, Cole must tap into old skill in order to survive.

But those old skills are rusty and that could prove lethal.

He forges an uneasy alliance with Falcone, who seeks revenge for his daughter’s death.

Falcone has baggage of his own, mistakes in his past he must address if they are to survive. Not the least is the Marino family, out for blood.

They have the law, the feds and the mob on their tail as they dodge bullets and bodies across the Five Boroughs.

Meanwhile, someone else is tying off loose ends. Is it Nicky ‘The Juke’ Bruno, the Marino’s cold-hearted enforcer? Or is the chilling professional killer Mister Jinks responsible?

And all the while, Janus watches and waits.