We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.



OK, so we featured this at the time of hardback publication earlier on this year but we think it’s worth running again, as it’s not only us but the judges of this year’s McIlvanney prize who obviously rate it as it’s made it onto the McIlvanney shortlist – Congratulations, Craig! The winner will be announced next Friday evening as Bloody Scotland kicks off its 2021 hybrid festival.

Following on from his awesome The Devil Aspect, this time Craig takes us pretty much to his home turf – Edinburgh – and a re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of horror.

His protagonist is Captain Edward Hyde – a good man, a senior ranking police officer, whose outward appearance both fascinates and repels the people around him. His dark exterior hides an inner secret:  Hyde suffers from a form of epilepsy which takes him into a dreamlike otherworld, which to him is as real as the city of Edinburgh itself. And then the murders start… ritualistic slayings which mirror the ancient Celtic threefold death, and Edward Hyde must find the killer in this world or his otherworld . . . or risk losing his mind.

This is marvellous, engrossing storytelling at its very best, and as well as this, it’s also a beautiful love letter to Scotland, its traditions, culture and folklore, and at its very centre lies the beating heart of Edinburgh. No surprise then that we find it on the McIlvanney shortlist. Good luck for next week, Craig!

Krystyna Green