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Paul Johnston is one of the UK's most highly regarded and exciting crime writers. He rocketed onto the scene with his debut novel, Body Politic, which won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first novel in 1997. Set in a futuristic Edinburgh run by a supposedly benevolent totalitarian regime, it introduced the maverick investigator Quintilian Dalrymple. A further four novels (forming a quintet, by design, oh yes) consolidated Quint's position in contemporary crime fiction's Premier League of engaging and unusual heroes. Body Politic has recently been optioned for film/ TV, and Paul is working on a new edition to celebrate the book's tenth anniversary. Quint's adventures have been published across the globe, from the USA, to Greece, to Japan, to Denmark, and points between.

Paul was born in Edinburgh in 1957. He lived there before going to Oxford to study ancient and modern Greek. He has a longstanding relationship with Greece - its language, its history and its culture - and spends much of his time there. He has a Greek wife, Roula; their daughter Maggie was born in 2006. Paul also has a nineteen-year-old daughter, Silje, from his previous marriage. His knowledge of Greece and its people led to a trilogy of novels featuring another cult detective, the half-Greek, half-Scottish Alex Mavros - they are A Deeper Shade of Blue, The Last Red Death (winner of the Sherlock Award for Best Detective Novel, 2004) and The Golden Silence. They were all critically acclaimed. The Golden Silence is currently being developed as a film in Greece.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on Paul Johnston...

His early Quintin Dalrymple thrillers were set in a near future Edinburgh, but his Alex Mavros trilogy, of which THE GOLDEN SILENCE is the 3rd, occurs in the Greek islands and Athens where the driven half Scots half Greek amateur investigator is drawn into local cases often linked to his own past. Colourful and frantic, a plunge into the dark side of paradise.

Alex Mavros series:
1. Crying Blue Murder
2. The Last Red Death
3. The Golden Silence

If you like Paul Johnston you might also like to read books by Stuart Macbride and Quintin Jardine.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Paul Johnston

Head or Hearts: The New Quint Dalrymple Mystery by Paul Johnston
Head or Hearts: The New Quint Dalrymple Mystery
Paul Johnston
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Scottish author Johnston returns to a previous series featuring pig-headed, blues-loving ex-cop Quint Dalrymple who treads the pavements of Edinburgh in a near future independent city-states Scotland....
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/04/2015
Lovereading Price: £15.99
The Black Life - A Novel of Jewish Collaborators in the Holocaust by Paul Johnston
The Black Life - A Novel of Jewish Collaborators in the Holocaust
Paul Johnston
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Prolific Scottish crime writer Paul Johnston lives in Greece and his long-established and now resurrected Alex Mavros series features a half-Greek and half-Scots private sleuth who specialises...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2014
Lovereading Price: £9.59
The Nameless Dead by Paul Johnston
The Nameless Dead
Paul Johnston
If you're looking for a crime novel that makes you think then this is it, it's full of twists and counter twists with plenty of gore as well whilst remaining unputdownable. Crime writer Matt Wells hasn't had much time for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/05/2011
Lovereading Price: £5.59
Maps of Hell by Paul Johnston
Maps of Hell
Paul Johnston
Another compelling read from the author of The Death List and The Soul Collector. Crime writer Matt Wells is back and in trouble once again, not knowing how or why he has ended up being accused of three...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2010
Lovereading Price: £5.59
The Golden Silence by Paul Johnston
The Golden Silence
Paul Johnston
His early Quintin Dalrymple thrillers were set in a near future Edinburgh, but his Alex Mavros trilogy, of which THE GOLDEN SILENCE is the 3rd, occurs in the Greek islands and Athens where the driven half Scots half Greek amateur...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/04/2009
Lovereading Price: £5.59
The Soul Collector by Paul Johnston
The Soul Collector
Paul Johnston
Paul Johnston certainly likes to throw red herrings in to the mix in his intricate crime novels and this one has plenty to keep you guessing. The characters from The Death List are back...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2008
Lovereading Price: £5.59
The Death List by Paul Johnston
The Death List
Paul Johnston
July 2007 Book of the Month. Incredibly gripping and guaranteed to keep you guessing. If you are going to buy a crime book this month buy this! Paul Johnston explores vengeance and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2007
Lovereading Price: £5.59

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