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Bestselling author JD Kirk – better known in Lochaber as Barry Hutchison – is to appear at the Highland Bookshop in Fort William next week to launch the first book in his brand new crime thriller series.
‘Northwind’ is the first spin-off from the million-selling DCI Logan series, and follows disgraced former Detective Superintendent Bob Hoon when a search for an old army friend’s missing daughter takes him from the Highlands to the mean streets of London.
The book is published on October 12, but those attending the launch event the day previously will be able to get their hands on an early signed copy, as well as hear Barry talk about his crime fiction novels, and the inspiration behind them.
As JD Kirk, Fort William native Barry recently appeared at the Bloody Scotland Festival in Stirling.
And last month it was announced that his DCI Logan novel An Isolated Incident had been shortlisted for the prestigious Kindle Storyteller Prize. But Barry is in no danger of forgetting his roots.
‘The Highland Bookshop has always been my biggest supporter,’ said Barry. ‘It’s a great shop, run by a fantastic bunch of people, and I’m very excited to be launching my new series there.’
The event takes place at 7pm on Monday, October 11.
Tickets are £5, which includes a £2 discount that can be redeemed against the cost of the book, and can be purchased in store, or online at https://www.highlandbookshop.com/events/
This week JD Kirk was shortlisted among four other authors, including Nairn-based writer Mary Kingswood, for this year’s £20,000 Kindle Storyteller Award.
With their books, An Isolated Incident and Stranger at the Villa by Mary Kingswood, they are now in the running for the literary award that celebrates independent publishing and recognises newly published work across all genres.
As well as the £20,000 cash prize, the winning author will be awarded a golden kindle and dedicated marketing support on Amazon.co.uk.
A panel of judges, including broadcaster and author Clare Balding, will select the winner, who will be announced in October during a ceremony hosted by the celebrity judge herself.
Ms Balding said: ‘It’s clear we have felt the need to get creative over the last year and escape our everyday lives by putting pen to paper and creating a new world.’