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Doug Johnstone


Doug Johnstone is a Scottish crime writer based in Edinburgh. His eighth novel, Crash Land, was published by Faber and Faber in November 2016. His previous book, The Jump was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Novel

Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
New Books
September 2022

Black Hearts
(Skelfs, book 4)
McIlvanney Prize Best Novel nominee (2016) : The Jump

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