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Fault Lines

Published Date: 16th January 2018

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9781912374168
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28 February 2018
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9781912374151
£8.99
22 May 2018
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Description

In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch – the new volcanic island – to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery of his corpse secret. Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she’ll be exposed, Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…

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A cracking and highly original thriller. Johnstone never fails to deliver’ Mark Billingham

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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

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‘Doug Johnstone has crafted a superb, highly original psychological chiller. Fault Lines is a masterclass in suspense’ Steve Cavanagh

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‘Doug Johnstone is a brilliant writer and this is a pacey, gripping read, which builds to a climax you won’t forget in a hurry. Loved it’ Louise Voss

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‘Doug 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

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‘A subtly off-kilter speculative thriller which builds to a truly explosive ending. Once again Doug Johnstone shows why he’s at the forefront of Scottish crime fiction’s new guard; Fault Lines is original, ambitious but always grounded in relatable and complex characters’ Eva Dolan

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Fault Lines creates a world so convincing you find yourself forgetting it is a work of fiction. Richly characterised, beautifully crafted, this is a book that you truly inhabit. A true must read’ Emma Kavanagh

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‘Sexy, fearless and addictive – Fault Lines isn’t like any other book I’ve read. Doug Johnstone just gets better and better’ Helen Fitzgerald

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‘In Surtsey, Doug Johnstone has created a character as feisty and unpredictable as the volcano that has transformed the Firth of Forth. Johnstone weaves his compelling and original tale with great skill and elegance from the gripping beginning to a tense and explosive ending’ Amanda Jennings

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‘Doug’s characters are wonderfully drawn, and the trauma he puts them through is deeply twisted. It’s a mark of the book that I really wanted to know what happens to them all next – there’s so much mental anguish to work through!’ James Oswald

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‘A cracker! I really enjoyed it’ Ed James

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‘Brilliant premise, fascinating setting, great characters and a story that plays with every single emotion. Doug Johnstone is an excellent writer who tries new things with every book, and always succeeds’ Susi Holliday

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‘With its brilliant sense of place and uneasy atmosphere throughout, this had me hooked from the first page’ Cass Green

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‘His best book yet!  I simply devoured this fast-paced, explosive thriller’ Portobello Book Blog

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‘An explosive thriller’ Daily Record

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Fault Lines erupts on page on with a compelling scenario that keeps flowing all the way to an explosive resolution. I was enthralled!’ L V Hay

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‘Fault Lines grabs you by the throat from the first chapter’ Neil Broadfoot

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‘Absolutely ripped through Fault Lines … a first-rate thriller about guilt, deception and life’s fragility. Poignant, gripping and packed with seismic shocks’ Paddy Magrane

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‘Doug Johnstone is straight out of the genre’s top drawer, and his latest book, Faultlines is incisive, intelligent and imaginative. A stellar read. Absolutely not to be missed’ Michael J. Malone

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‘A highly imaginative, hauntingly beautiful and genuinely clever whodunnit’ Liz Loves Books

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Great writing, bold plotting, exceptional characterisation and a fascinating background. Doug Johnstone provides us with a credible “alternative” Edinburgh with a daily fear of tremors and earthquakes. It’s not that different from our real world, making it so believable and relatable, just like his characters. His vivid descriptions put me right into the heart of The Inch, a new volcanic island in the Firth of Forth … I read the book in one sitting, turning the pages as fast as my reading speed would allow’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘A highly imaginative and well-written book, unlike any I’ve read this year. I was completely swept away by this story with its wonderful setting, short fast-paced chapters and a thoroughly satisfying ending to boot’ Caroline Mitchell

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‘An intriguing thriller that hits you like a seismic shock’ Douglas Skelton

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‘Imagine an Edinburgh where a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth and tremors are an everyday occurrence. That’s the setting for an explosive thriller about volcanologist Surtsey, who finds the body of her boss (and lover) on a new volcanic island. Deciding to keep the discovery of the corpse – and their affair – a secret, she’s desperate to find out how he died. Then someone makes contact who claims to know what Surtsey has done and her life quickly spirals into a nightmare’ Lisa Gray, Daily Record

Author

Doug Johnstone is an author, journalist and musician based in Edinburgh. He’s had eight novels published, most recently Crash Land. 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 and Irvine Welsh. Several of his novels have been optioned for film and television. Doug is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. Doug has released seven albums in various bands, reviews books for Big Issue magazine, is player-manager for Scotland Writers Football Club and has a PhD in nuclear physics.

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