#Giveaway #NoMansLand Neil Broadfoot @NlBro @LittleBrownUK

I’m delighted to be hosting a special promo post today for the paperback almost publication day of “No Man’s Land” by top Scottish crime writer, Neil Broadfoot. I’ve got a great Q&A with Neil and a giveaway copy of No Man’s Land!

No Man’s Land is currently available on Kindle and Hardback; the paperback will be published on 11th April 2019.

Neil is the author of the highly successful Doug McGregor series (Falling Fast; The Storm; All The Devils) and this latest novel introduces us to close protection specialist, Connor Fraser. Set in Stirling this novel has been gathering all the praise:

‘Broadfoot is here, and he’s ready to sit at the table with some of the finest crime writers Scottish fiction has to offer‘ Russel D. McLean

‘[Broadfoot’s] best so far. Great set of new characters, wonderfully grisly and grim, and a cracking pace. Top stuff!’ James Oswald

‘Crisp dialogue, characters you believe and a prose style that brings you back for more . . . a fine addition to a growing roster of noir titles with a tartan tinge‘ Douglas Skelton

A deliciously twisty thriller that never lets up the pace. Thrills, spills, chills and kills’ Donna Moore

‘Definitely a must read for all lovers of Tartan Noir: or anyone else who simply wants to enjoy a compelling tale’ Undiscovered Scotland

‘This is Broadfoot’s best to date, a thriller that delivers the thrills: energetic, breathlessly pacey and keeping you guessing till the end.’ Craig Russell

‘Neil Broadfoot hits the ground running and doesn’t stop. With the very beating heart of Scotland at its core, your heart too will race as you reach the jaw dropping conclusion of this brilliant thriller. First class!’ Denzil Meyrick

‘In No Man’s Land, Neil Broadfoot displays his considerable talent by drawing a complex cast of characters examining crime and the past from an array of angles. A frantic, pacy read with a compelling hero in Connor Fraser.’ Steve Cavanagh

An explosive, gripping page-turner with dark and utterly twisted murders. Simply brilliant!’ Danielle Ramsay

‘An atmospheric, twisty and explosive start to a new series by one of the masters of Scottish fiction. Get your wee mitts on it.’ Angela Clarke

‘No Man’s Land is a stunning, fast-paced, multi-layered thriller. Disturbing political unrest and psychological horror written with great confidence by Neil Broadfoot, who has one hand on Ian Rankin’s crown as the king of Scottish crime.’ Michael Wood

‘[A] gritty and fast-moving tale of shifting loyalties set against the backdrop of Scottish and Irish politics.’ Nick Quantrill

What’s it all about:

War is coming to No-Man’s Land, and Connor Fraser will be ready.

A mutilated body is found dumped at Cowane’s Hospital in the heart of historic Stirling. For DCI Malcolm Ford it’s like nothing he’s ever seen before, the savagery of the crime makes him want to catch the murderer before he strikes again. For reporter Donna Blake it’s a shot at the big time, a chance to get her career back on track and prove all the doubters wrong. But for close protection specialist Connor Fraser it’s merely a grisly distraction from the day job. 

But then another bloodied and broken corpse is found, this time in the shadow of the Wallace Monument – and with it, a message. One Connor has received before, during his time as a police officer in Belfast.

With Ford facing mounting political and public pressure to make an arrest and quell fears the murders are somehow connected to heightened post-Brexit tensions, Connor is drawn into a race against time to stop another murder. But to do so, he must question old loyalties, confront his past and unravel a mystery that some would sacrifice anything – and anyone – to protect.

WOW! Sounds fab right!

Time to grill Neil now!

  • No Man’s Land is a move away from your last series both in character and setting. Can you tell us a little bit about the book and why you wrote it?

No Man’s Land is the first in a new Stirling-set series. It introduces us to Connor Fraser, a former police officer in Northern Ireland turned security consultant. When a decapitated corpse is dumped in Stirling, Connor finds it little more than a grotesque distraction, but when the case takes a personal turn, Connor comes to realise that the past has returned to haunt him and he must race to unravel a mystery that some would sacrifice anything, and any one, to protect .

The genesis of No Man’s Land, and Connor, was one of those moments of inspiration you get as a writer, where random things coalesce and churn out an idea. I was at  Bloody Scotland crime festival in Stirling, watching the Scotland v England crime writers football match that takes place at the bowling green at Cowane’s Hospital at the top of the town. Suddenly, as happens, the thought occurred to me that this would be a great place to dump a body. From there, my imagination took off, and before I know it I had a copper standing at the crime scene, listening to the squeal of a spike swaying in the wind. I took the idea and went for a walk around Stirling, and it was like seeing the place for the first time. I could dump a body here, someone could live there, this could happen here. With all the bloody history of Stirling, it made perfect sense. So I wrote up the scene I had seen and the story kept on calling me, and the switch to Stirling was made.

Your background is in journalism,  is writing fiction different than the way you approach reporting?

Yes and no. Journalism taught me a lot that I’ve carried over into fiction writing – the discipline to sit down, hit a daily word count and make a deadline, not taking the editing process personally, the mechanics of researching a story and making sure you answer the six key questions – who, what, when where, how and why. But writing a book is the polar opposite of writing a news story. In a news story, you get the key facts out first, then things get less crucial as the story goes on – it’s called the inverted pyramid, and it make’s a sub’s life easy when hacking down extraneous pars. But a crime novel is completely different, you start with only the bare facts and keep building characters and plot developments in so you’re building to a (hopefully) dramatic conclusion.

Before your debut crime novel, what else had you written (if anything) unpublished manuscripts, short stories, articles?

Almost too much to mention! I’ve always written, so I’ve got reams of short stories, half abandoned ideas and outlines lying around. I think my mum still has all my old writing books from primary school as well – not that you’d be able to read them, my handwriting has always been awful. I dabbled in horror and wrote a vampire novella (which I might, ah, resurrect some day), but when it came to Falling Fast, I was haunted by a line from Stephen King. He said that when he came to writing a book, he had the feeling that it was time to stop messing around and dig something big out of the ground. That’s what I did with Falling Fast, I approached it with the sense that it was something different, that play time was over and it was time to get some proper work done.

Best thing about being a writer – worst thing about being a writer?

Can I have two best things? The thrill of seeing your book on a shelf, or someone actually reading it, never gets old. It is, literally, a dream come true. The other highlight of being a writer is the strong sense of community. Crime writers are the nicest, most supportive bunch of people you could hope to meet, and I’ve made some really valued friends in the last five years since I was first published. That said, there is a flip side to that. There’s always one person who’s there to spoil the party. For me, that man in Douglas Skelton. He limpeted on to me at CrimeFest in Bristol and I’ve not been able to get rid of the crotchety auld git yet.

Joking! Douglas is one of my closes friends in crime writing and has been a huge supporter of my work. The only bad thing about being a writer, and I use ‘bad’ advisedly – is line edits. Going through a book you’ve been through a million times trying to find any errors you’ve missed can be excruciating, but it’s worth it.

Strangest experience at a book festival or launch

Without a doubt, the launch of All The Devils in 2016. I was in Waterstones in Edinburgh, just settling into my seat to be interviewed about the book. I looked out at the crowd and stopped dead. Couldn’t believe what I was seeing. My oldest friend, who now lives in the US, was sitting at the back of the room, grinning and waving at me.  Joe had travelled all the way from San Francisco without telling me for the launch. It was entirely fitting that he was there- he’s a graphic designer and the cover of All The Devils is his work. But it meant more as, when we were growing up, Joe and I made a promise that I would write a book and he would do the cover. Having him there was seeing that dream come true.

If your life was a movie, which actor could you see playing you?

With my hairline, maybe Jason Statham! Actually, I’ve got no idea who I would have play me, just like I have no idea who might be Connor Fraser or Doug McGregor (though I’ll just say that Tom Cruise probably isn’t right for either role, great actor that he is!).

Is there anything you wouldn’t cover  in crime fiction?

Ooooh, tough question. I suppose it depends on the story, and how you handle it. I’ve gone into some pretty dark places in my books, and my overriding concern was to handle in sensitively and not be sensational about anything. I’d be wary doing anything that sees animals being hurt, but again, it depends on the story and whether something like that would serve the book. Ultimately, we live in a world where horrible, reprehensible things happen, and as a writer, I have to reflect that.

Of your books, which is your favourite, and why?

That’s like asking me to pick my favourite child! I love all of them for separate reasons. Falling Fast was my first book and got shortlisted, The Storm was written when my youngest daughter was born, All The Devils was the fruition of a dream with Joe. No Man’s Land is my first book with a big publisher (it even got a hardback!) and was a blast to write. But, as a writer, I think your favourite book always has to be the next one, you have to be excited by the work and transmit that excitement to the reader. Hopefully I keep doing that.

Will Doug and Susie be coming back?

I knew you were going to ask me this! The ending of All The Devils, right? The simple answer is yes. I was writing the next Doug and Susie when Connor barged his way into my thoughts and demanded to be written. But the story for Doug and Susie is still there, and they do keep whispering to me. I just need to find the time to do it – and a home for them!

What have you got on your bedside cabinet (BOOKwise!!) right now and what are the top 3 books you’d recommend for reading this year

One of the blessings and curses of being published is you get a hell of a lot of books sent to you to read and give your thoughts about. It’s a great problem to have, but it makes storage space tricky! I’ve just started When She Was Gone by MJ Cross, which is shaping up brilliantly. My recently read pile also features some stunning work by Paul Burston (The Closer I Get is the first book of his I’ve read and it won’t be the last, it’s fantastic), Angela Clarke’s On My Life, Steve Cavanagh’s Twisted and Whisper Man by Alex North.

Three books to read this year? Tough question, but the three I’d tip for success around awards time would be The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell, which is a psychological thriller-cum-crime horror novel that drips with Gothic menace, auld man’s Skelton’s Thunder Bay, which is the book that’s going to put him on the map and On My Life by Angela Clarke, which is gripping, gruelling and utterly compelling.

Brilliant answers and I guess I will never watch the Scotland V England Bloody Scotland match in the same way ever again!

So, how do you fancy winning a copy of No Man’s Land? Well all you have to do is leave a comment in the box below. A winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday 10th April. (UK entries only please)

No Man’s Land is available to purchase from:

Waterstones

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Neil is appearing alongside Tony Kent and Mason Cross in Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on the 25th April. Tickets are free and available here

27 thoughts on “#Giveaway #NoMansLand Neil Broadfoot @NlBro @LittleBrownUK

  1. Admit not read him before, but since I am nearly finished the other superb recommendations by you, will be heading to Amazon and local library to pick one up, however since this a new character I have time to indulge in the others, but wow does this sound like my type of read cheers

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  2. Based in Stirling and with a Brexit element? I am sold – been looking forward to reading this for ages.
    Thanks for the chance 🙂

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