Published: 02/11/2015 11:35 - Updated: 02/11/2015 12:02

International crime writing stars come to Inverness

Paula Hawkins, author of international success The Girl on The Train. Photo: Kate Neill.
Paula Hawkins, author of international success The Girl on The Train. Photo: Kate Neill.

AN international line up of star crime writers will meet their fans in Inverness over the next few weeks.

Paula Hawkins, author of worldwide bestseller The Girl on The Train, "Nordic noir" star Arne Dahl and Scotland’s own Ian Rankin, as well as Irishman Stuart Neville and English author Eva Dolan, are all taking part in events organised by Waterstones’ Inverness bookshop.

Sweden’s Arne Dahl has sold almost three million copies of his books worldwide and a television series based on his novels about an elite Stockholm crimefighting unit is currently being screened on BBC Four.

Joining him at the Book Week Scotland event at Waterstones Inverness at 7pm on Wednesday 25th November, will be Neville, whose debut novel The Twelve was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner, and Dolan, whose two books about detectives working in Peterborough’s Hate Crimes Unit have been very well received by critics.

Arne Dahl.
Arne Dahl.

Also as part of Book Week Scotland 2015, Zimbabwe-born Hawkins will be meeting readers and talking about her work at The Ironworks on Academy Street at 7.30pm on Friday 27th November.

Tickets are available from the Inverness branch of Waterstones.

Written in six month, The Girl on The Train spent 20 weeks at the top of the UK hardback book charts, breaking all previous records, and has sold more than 800,000 copies since its release in January.

It also enjoyed success in the USA where the novel debuted at number one on the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list and by early August had sold more than three million copies in the US alone.

The film rights were acquired by DreamWorks Pictures in 2014 and a film version is under way with Emily Blunt as the jobless alcoholic who fears she might have been involved in a crime when she returns home covered in blood.

Hawkins’ appearance comes just a week before Scotland’s most successful crime writer, Ian Rankin, returns to Waterstones Inverness to sign copies of his 20th novel about Edinburgh detective John Rebus, Even Dogs In The Wild, from noon on Saturday 5th December.

First, however, Inverness thriller fans will have the opportunity to meet Rankin’s fellow Fife-born crime writer Craig Russell, the latest winner of the Bloody Scotland Crime Book Of The Year.

Russell will be at Waterstones’ Eastgate store to sign copies of his books, including the winning title Ghosts of Altona, at 12.30pm on Thursday 5th November.

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