Fault Lines


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Orenda Books
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5.0 X 0.8 X 7.7 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Doug Johnstone is an author, journalist and musician based in Edinburgh. He's had nine novels published, most recently Fault Lines. His previous novel, The Jump, was a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his other novels have been award winners and bestsellers, and he's had short stories published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. His work has been praised by the likes of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Irvine Welsh. Several of his novels have been optioned for film and television. Doug is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. He's worked as an RLF Fellow at Queen Margaret University, taught creative writing at Strathclyde University and William Purves Funeral Directors. He mentors and assesses manuscripts for The Literary Consultancy and regularly tutors at Moniack Mhor writing retreat. Doug has released seven albums in various bands, and is drummer, vocalist and occasional guitarist for the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He also reviews books for The Big Issue magazine, is player-manager for Scotland Writers Football Club and has a PhD in nuclear physics.


'You don't read Fault Lines so much as you white-knuckle your way through its twists and turns, toward its thrilling end, your breath held and your nerves tingling. And it's as psychologically rich as it is harrowing. I've come to expect nothing less from Doug Johnstone, one of the genre's premiere writers." --Megan Abbott, author, You Will Know Me
"Richly characterised, beautifully crafted, this is a book that you truly inhabit." --Emma Kavanagh
"Sexy, fearless and addictive." --Helen FitzGerald
"Johnstone is Scotland's truest exponent of noir. He writes novels that are punchy, fast-paced and sometimes gruellingly dark; unflinchingly challenging his readers by taking them to places that are emotionally and ideologically uncomfortable." --Chris Brookmyre

"Johnstone weaves his compelling and original tale with great skill and elegance from the gripping beginning to a tense and explosive ending." --Amanda Jennings

"A subtly off-kilter speculative thriller that builds to a truly explosive ending." --Eva Dolan

"A pacey, gripping read." --Louise Voss
"Brilliantly unputdownable." --Martyn Waites
"A superb, highly original psychological chiller. Fault Lines is a masterclass in suspense." --Steve Cavanagh, author, The Defense

"a cracking-good thriller with some seriously good writing and some beautifully designed characters...Downright brilliant." --Booklist
"A cracking and highly original thriller. Johnstone never fails to deliver." --Mark Billingham, author, Lazybones

"An original and addictive thriller, Fault Lines is as intelligent as it is shocking." ​--Foreword Reviews