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SHORTLISTED for Bloody Scotland’s Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014. Story-hungry journalist Doug McGregor is out to track down a convicted rapist, on the run after being hounded out of his home by a lynch mob. But a grisly suicide in the heart of tourist Edinburgh piques Doug’s curiosity and diverts his attention – especially once his police contact and occasional drinking partner, DS Susie Drummond, reveals that the victim is connected to a prominent politician. Together, they find themselves unravelling a story of secrets, drug abuse, violence, murder… and the ultimate taboo. Action-packed from the very start, and with enough twists and turns to shock and surprise even the most hard-bitten crime fan, ‘Falling Fast’ is the first of a trilogy. It marks the arrival of a new crime-writing talent who is bound to appeal to aficionados of Scottish crime greats such as Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.

Prizes and awards

Finalist, Dundee International Book Prize 2013, Shortlisted for Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014

REVIEWS OF Falling Fast

“'Gritty [with] a strong identity; very tartan noir crime fiction. The shock opening hooked me in and the well-developed characters, back stories, plot and sub-plots kept that interest going.' -”– Dundee Book Prize judge

“'Broadfoot is the real deal. A superb debut.' -”– Read more

'“A certainty of purpose, a clarity of voice and a real sense of danger... He’'s [up there] with some of the finest crime writers Scottish fiction has to offer.”' -– Russel D. McLean

'Neil Broadfoot has established himself as something of a heavyweight newcomer in the world of Tartan Noir. This is a swift, clean-cut thriller.' - The List Read more

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

'Gripping action... menacing undercurrents... believable... atmospheric. The chapters are a series of stabs, swift, to the point. The knots in the plot unravel with timely stealth.' - Tom Adair, The Scotsman Read more

'As a veteran newspaper reporter himself, Neil Broadfoot is in prime place to bring his experience of working the crime beat on Scotland's streets to the pages of his first book, one in a series set to be released. A great meaty crime read with a true grit core.' - Laura Piper, STV Read more

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  • Rights: Worldwide Exclusive
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  • BISAC code(s): FIC022000, FIC050000

Falling Fast

About the author

Neil Broadfoot

Before turning his hand to fiction, Neil Broadfoot worked as a journalist for 15 years – an experience that greatly influenced his high-octane thrillers Falling Fast and The Storm, both of which feature crime reporter Doug McGregor. Falling Fast was an instant success, shortlisted for the prestigious Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award and the Dundee International Book Prize. Its follow-up, The Storm, has garnered praise from critics, crime fiction authors and readers alike, and has established Neil as one of the heavyweight writers on the (in)famous Tartan Noir scene.