Campbell Armstrong was born in Glasgow in 1944 and educated at Sussex University where he obtained a BA degree. Three years after his first novel was published in 1968, he moved to the United States, where he taught creative writing. He lived there for twenty years with his wife and children, and produced twenty novels before moving to Ireland in 1991. He has been in the front rank of modern thriller writers for many years, and his bestselling novels include the highly acclaimed Jig series. His recent heartbreaking memoir, â€˜All That Really Mattersâ€™, was also a remarkable success, particularly in Scotland and Ireland, where it was a No 1 bestseller. Following the international success of â€˜Jigâ€™ (1987), many of his books, including â€˜Brainfireâ€™ and â€˜Asteriskâ€™, are once again available in the United Kingdom.
Lou Periman is back in this disturbing Glaswegian crime thriller. Racially motivated killings and the loss of his brother to a gang land shooting all make for a satisfying complex suspenseful read
A pair of chilling horror novels from the international bestselling author who ';writes much better than King or Straub' (The Village Voice). Writing as Campbell Black, international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong proves he's as adept at evoking horror as he is at plotting heart-stopping thrillers. The Wanting: When Max and Louise Untermeyer rent a house in a California vacation town, they figure it will be a perfect escape from the city, especially for their twelve-year-old son, Denny. Their neighbors, Dick and Charlotte Summer, are a nice elderly couple who dote on Denny with sweets and gifts. But as the days go by, Louise begins to notice a disturbing change in her son. His innocence seems to be draining away, replaced by something unhealthy, even perverse. As Louise tries to reach her son, she's about to discover this town holds a terrible secret... ';A superb storyteller, obviously every bit as talented as Stephen King.' Times Record News Letters from the Dead: A battered Ouija board promises entertainment for the renters of a broken-down beach house on the Virginia shore. But when they play, thirteen-year-olds Lindy and Tommy receive sinister messagesand their mothers encounter even more disturbing visions in the tiny, gloomy town nearby. Something evil happened here long ago, and one of the vacationers is about to be drawn into the grip of possession by a frightening force that may prevent them all from ever returning home... ';A satisfying dank and creepy chiller, about a haunting and possession...in and around an isolated beach house.' Kirkus Reviews
Master of suspense Campbell Armstrong delivers a spine-tingling espionage novel about two men struggling to stopand survivea murderous conspiracy based in the darkest corners of the American government John Thorne lives a good life in Washington, DC, with a girlfriend he adores and a stable job at the White House. But when an old family friend, Major General Burckhardt, gives him an attache case with a file inside labeled ';the Asterisk Project,' John starts investigating. What he uncovers is a secret that could change the worldif it doesn't kill him first.
A California vacation town holds a terrifying secret in this novel from the international bestselling author who ';writes much better than King or Straub' (Village Voice). When Max and Louise Untermeyer rent a house in the remote pine forests of Northern California, they figure it'll be a perfect escape from the city, especially for their twelve-year-old son, Denny. Their neighbors, Dick and Charlotte Summer, are an elderly couple who certainly seem nice enough. And while they positively dote on the boy, plying him with sweets and gifts, it's a shame there are no other children Denny's age to play with. Louise is beginning to wonder why, but no one in town likes to talk about it. But that's not the only thing troubling Louise. A parent expects a boy of Denny's age to go through changesjust not like this. Day by day, his innocence seems to be draining away, replaced by something unhealthy, even perverse. Now, the closer Denny gets to Mr. and Mrs. Summer, the closer he is to being lost forever in their dark secret. And anyone who comes looking for him hasn't got a prayer. The international bestselling author of the Glasgow novels and the Frank Pagan series, Campbell Armstrong has won a Scottish Arts Council Award and a nomination for the Prix du Polar. Any one of his novels ';belongs in the permanent collection of horror/thriller fans' (Kirkus Reviews).
International bestselling author Campbell Armstrong sweeps readers back to the psychedelic sixties in an atmospheric, page-turning thriller about a fugitive ex-hippie who must run for his life when he is caught up in a political conspiracy Many years ago, Harry Tennant managed to escape San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie scene relatively intact, although his memory of that time is largely wiped out. Now Harry's peaceful life is overturned when his upstateNew York marijuana farm is raided by the police and he's thrown in jail. Released on bail, Harry is contacted by Alison Seagrove, a reporter investigating a conspiracy connected to Harry's hazy past. When she shows him an old photo of himself and four others, Harry barely recognizes himself and can't remember his friends' namesor why the photograph has global political implications. To avoid prison and stay one step ahead of the killers pursuing him, Harry undertakes a chilling journey back to Haight-Ashbury to unlock the mystery behind his shattered memory.
In international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's thrilling, sophisticated tale of espionage, an assassin's vengeance triggers the exposure of a lethal conspiracy at the heart of the US government The director of the CIA lies unconscious and close to death in a private clinic, and his likely successor waits on his Pennsylvania estate while the power brokers in Washington, DC, do their deals. In the meantime, a man in Dallas is murdered. And on the other side of the globe, in Manila, a nondescript American is killed in his lover's back-alley apartment. Hard-drinking Scotsman Charlie Galloway, who has been suspended from his job in the LAPD, unofficially looks into the murder of a Filipino woman. Step by step, his investigation leads him to the nation's capital, where a shocking conspiracy reaches deep into the heart of government. [Reviews]
In Campbell Armstrong's chilling novel of suburban horror, something evil lurks in the garden behind an English boardinghouse Eric Billings is not a violent mannot really. It's just that his temper sometimes gets the best of him. Eric has had fourteen apartments in the last two years. He isn't sure why he keeps moving, but something always seems to go wrong. Take his latest residence, for instance. It's a quiet room with a big window and a friendly landlady downstairs. But there's a dog in the backyard that won't stop barking at night. Eric is beginning to lose sleep, to miss work, to get angry. And when that happens, he can't be sure what he's going to do next. A winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award, this chilling novel of suburban horror shows that evil can hide beneath even the most benign exteriors.
A cat-and-mouse game between a disguised SS surgeon and the Jewish man who knows his secrets plays out in postwar Berlin in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's riveting suspense novel Occupied Berlin is a bombed-out city where a desperate man can easily hide or assume a new identity. SS surgeon Gerhardt Schwarzenbach wastes no time in becoming Dr. Gerhardt Lutzke, safely burying the crimes he committed in a Nazi concentration camp. Then one day he finds himself staring into a face from the past: that of the Jew Leonhard Grunwald. Thus begins a deadly chase between Schwarzenbach, who must kill to sever the last tie to his past, and Grunwald, who is haunted by secrets of his own.
';A satisfying dank and creepy chiller' about hauntings and horror in a broken-down beach house on the Virginia shore (Kirkus Reviews). A battered Ouija board promises entertainment for the renters of a crumbling seaside cottage a few miles outside Cochrane Crossing. But when they play, thirteen-year-olds Lindy and Tommy receive sinister messages about someone named ';Roscoe'and their mothers encounter even more disturbing visions in the tiny, gloomy town nearby. Something terrible happened here long ago, and one of the vacationers is about to be drawn slowly into the grip of possession by a frightening force that may prevent them all from ever returning home ... From an international bestselling author of horror and suspense novels, including such titles as Concert of Ghosts and the Frank Pagan series, as well as the riveting personal memoir I Hope You Have a Good Life, this is a tale of the macabre for fans of Dean Koontz and Stephen King or anyone who enjoys a spooky occult thriller.
From early in the career of acclaimed international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong comes a dark, menacing, Kafkaesque thriller Berg comes to the village to begin a new job and a new life far from the oppression of his mother. From the start, he feels ill at ease. His landlady is a widow whose husband died after eating poisoned mushrooms, and who cooks the foulest stew he has ever tasted. Her daughter, Monika, is a flirt who seems intent on undermining Berg's fragile confidence. His job is a mystery of paper-pushing and classified documents, none of which he is allowed to understand. As the days go by, he feels a growing sense of dread. The town is closing in for the kill. While Berg is sleeping, Monika is raped and left near death on the first floor of her house. She accuses Berg of the crime, drawing him into a labyrinth of bureaucratic justice from which insanity may be the only escape.
Master thriller writer Campbell Armstrong delivers a chilling espionage novel about an intrepid American who tries to stop the Russians from launching a terrifying mind-control weapon John Rayner is perplexed, angry, and grief stricken; his brother Richard, a powerful diplomat in London, has just died. While some believe that it was suicide, Rayner suspects something more sinister. A State Department official with a stalled career, Rayner has no way to force an official investigation. But as Rayner looks into it himself, he uncovers an international network dedicated to murder, torture, mind control, and the planning of an unprecedented attack that could cost the world its freedom.
When the US Federal Witness Protection Program fails to protect a star witness, a tough female former prosecutor risks her life to get answers in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's high-stakes thriller Reuben Galindez's testimony helped put away brutal arms smuggler ngel Sanchez, and he thought the trial would be the last time he'd ever have to deal with Sanchez again. Of course Sanchez's organization was looking for him, but Galindez wasn't alone; he had the US government, the FBI, and the Witness Protection Program to keep him safe. When Galindez's body is found floating face-down in the river, riddled with bullets, former state prosecutor Amanda Scholes, who believed she'd put Sanchez in jail forever, is determined to find out what went wrong. Did the witness reveal his identity and leave the program? Did someone from inside Sanchez's organization track down Galindez? Or is his death the result of something far more insidious? Has someone managed to infiltrate the fortresslike security surrounding the program in order to exact revenge?
In international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's tense, sophisticated thriller, an art project gone wrong draws a painter into the world of a serial killer All around himself, Harrison sees New York City sinking into chaos. Graffiti, robbery, murder, and rape fill the newscrimes committed by desperate people who saw no other option than to hurt someone. As a human being, Harrison is sickened by it. As an artist, he sees an opportunity. After years of getting no recognition for his painting, Harrison is about to quit making art when he has the idea for the Mr. Apology hotline. He posts handbills asking criminals to call in and confess their crimesanonymously, of courseso he can turn their guilt into his art. But what starts as a clever idea soon takes a deadly turn. When a man calls in to say he's planning on killing someone, Harrison isn't sure whether to believe it. But when a killing spree grips the city, this starving artist has no doubt that the final target will be Mr. Apology himself.
A British counterterrorism agent forms an extraordinary alliance with the IRA's most skillful assassin in this international bestselling thriller. A leaky old ship has reliably ferried tons of important freight from America to the Old Country in its decades of service to the Irish Republican Army, from automatic rifles to deadly assassins. Now it is berthing with especially precious cargo: couriers holding briefcases filled with millions of crisp American dollars. In one blinding firefight, the shipment is hijacked. The terrorists trust only one man to go after their moneyJig the dancer, their most reliable assassin, who kills without harming the innocent. Hot on Jig's trail is Scotland Yard's renegade detective Frank Pagan, who suspects an inside job. The dark path of hunter and hunted takes the two men through the minefields of the IRA's war and across the Atlantic to America, where Pagan and Jig are forced to postpone their duel and work together to solve a savage puzzle. Jig is the 1st book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
In international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's page-turning thriller, counterterrorism agent Frank Pagan races against the clock to defuse a confrontation with the Russians that might change the map of Europe Escorting a hard-drinking, fun-loving, probably-former-KGB Russian ';envoy' to Edinburgh would appear to be one of the more relaxing jobs in Frank Pagan's career. But in the flash of a gunshot everything changes. Now Frank's got a Russian official with a bullet lodged in his heart, his bosses at Scotland Yard wondering if Frank missed a step, and countless politicians and secret service agencies screaming bloody murder. With spies from the KGB, MI6, and the CIA dogging his every move, Pagan has to find the men behind the deadly shooting. From the Baltic emigre community, where he meets a beautiful woman who might provide answers, to the United States to the Soviet Union, Pagan unravels a chilling plot that will have devastating worldwide repercussions.Mazurka is the 2nd book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
In international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's pulse-pounding thriller, the hunt for a ruthless bomb maker takes Frank Pagan to Cuba and into the midst of a startling conspiracy Gunther Ruhr, a.k.a. the Claw, is a terrorist responsible for hundreds, possibly thousands, of deaths. A passenger jet, a busload of soccer players, and an entire hotel full of tourists have all been targets of his extravagant, almost artistically designed explosions. He will kill anywhere and for anyone if the price is right. Now it's up to Detective Frank Pagan to track down the depraved killer and escort him to prison. Along the way, from Glasgow to London and on to Miami and Havana, Pagan will have to shore up a leak in Scotland Yard; get reacquainted with his old flame, Magdalena; and uncover a plot involving a cruise missile, Fidel Castro, and an international banking syndicate.Mambo is the 3rd book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
In Campbell Armstrong's explosive thriller, Detective Frank Pagan fights terrorism on his home turf, where a deadly female assassin has infiltrated London's elite social circles When a bomb detonates in the London Underground, killing dozens of people, Scotland Yard asks counterterrorism expert Frank Pagan to come back from leave. With none of the usual suspects claiming responsibility, Pagan has a hunch that Carlotta, the world's deadliest female terrorist, is responsible. Then a US embassy employee goes missing, and Frank's investigation takes a new direction. Was the presumed terrorist bombing actually an assassination attempt? Now Pagan is up against a shadowy group known as the Undertakers as he tries to untangle a lethal web of deceit involving a philanthropist leading a double life that includes a mysterious woman, deadly KGB agents, a semiretired member of the East German Stasi, and the US ambassador himself.Jigsaw is the 4th book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
While pursuing a seductive female terrorist, Detective Frank Pagan crosses the line between duty and sexual obsession in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's spellbinding thriller. It's a name that makes counterterrorism agents' blood run cold because it is attached to hundreds of deathsmurders by hand, by bomb, by knife. Carlotta. She haunts Frank Pagan's dreams and seems to taunt him at every turn. Despite following every lead, the renegade detective can't catch the female terrorist he needs to thwart and bring to justice. As their cat-and-mouse game heats up, Frank can't admit to anyone but himself that he finds the woman fascinatingand that she seems to be equally attracted to him. With his final Frank Pagan novel, Campbell Armstrong delivers an incendiary psychological thriller.Heat is the 5th book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
A police detective returns to Glasgow to investigate his estranged father's death in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's atmospheric, page-turning thriller Detective Eddie Mallon is coming home to Glasgow for the funeral of his father, whom he barely knew. Decades ago, the Mallon family split down the middle, and Eddie went to America with his mother while his sister stayed with their father, Jackie, a charming, mercurial, violent man. Now Jackie has been murdered and the investigators assigned to his case don't seem particularly interested in dealing with Eddie's concerns, or the clues he uncovers. Eddie has no choice but to conduct his own investigation, which takes him into the shadowy history of his father's past and present and into something bigger and more disturbing than one man's death. Campbell Armstrong's suspenseful writing brings the foggy alleys of Glasgow to life, transforming the mysterious city into a character in and of itself.The Bad Fire is the 1st book in the Glasgow Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Detective-Sergeant Lou Perlman takes center stage in the investigation of a hanged man that leads him on a twisted trail through Glasgow in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's suspenseful crime novel Amid Glasgow's icy streets and Christmas decorations, a well-dressed businessman kills himself in a most public mannerhanging himself from Central Station Bridge. When it appears that the dead entrepreneur somehow dragged himself up that bridge, suicide is ruled out, and murder takes the lead. As Lou Perlman investigates the hanged man, something about the corpse reminds him of his childhood in the crime-ridden Gorbals section of the city. As one death follows another, his hunt for the killer takes him into dangerous territory. Glasgow's wintry streets shimmer with menace in this top-notch thriller about a good cop with a few too many secrets.The Last Darkness is the 2nd book in the Glasgow Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Glasgow is burning after a series of racially motivated murders, and it's up to Detective-Sergeant Lou Perlman to put out the fire in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's riveting thriller First an Asian business owner falls to his death from his sixth-story apartment. Next an Indian woman, a kindergarten teacher, is shot dead. Meanwhile, Detective Perlman grieves quietly for his brother, killed in a hail of gunfire, and wrestles with his attraction to his sister-in-law, Miriam. There is no rational motive for the killingsnone except pure racially driven hatred. With the emergence of a group called White Rage, fear ripples through the city and Perlman has to get answers fast. As he looks beneath the bright surface of the city where he was born, he finds longtime enemies, dangerous businessmen, and ancient connections that will disturb and threaten the wrong people when their secrets are finally revealed.White Rage is the 3rd book in the Glasgow Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Detective-Sergeant Lou Perlman gets caught up in a gangland takeover in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong's electrifying thriller After stepping on too many of his bosses' toes in public, Detective-Sergeant Lou Perlman is put on ';extended sick leave' against his will. He is banned from the investigation of the bloodbath that is shaking Glasgow's criminal underworld, where a bizarre, seriously violent man named Reuben Chuck has seized control. But a gruesome discovery in his own apartment launches Perlman back into the game. Soon a simple inquiry becomes fraught with danger and leads him into the terrain of Reuben Chuck. Glasgow is once again a constant presence in Campbell Armstrong's twisting storyline, in which one wrong turn down a dark alley could change a detective's life forever.Butcher is the 4th book in the Glasgow Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
On a bitter winter evening, during rush hour, a bomb explodes in a crowded train in the London underground. More than a hundred people are horrifically and senselessly slaughtered. In the absence of any terrorist claims come distressing unanswerable questions: Who planted the device? And why? A few hours later in a Mayfair flat a young prostitute is murdered and an enigmatic message written in blood is left in her room... It is addressed to Frank Pagan, counter-terrorist specialist, who has been shunted aside by the political infighting at Special Branch, but is now brought back from exile to investigate the most terrifying case of his career. Pagan, who moves in his own mysterious ways, who flaunts the rule-book and follows his own instincts, is plunged into a darkening puzzle more sinister than a bomb in an underground tunnel. He finds himself pitted against two old adversaries: the deranged terrorist Carlotta, a woman whose appetite for blood is matched only by Pagan's hunger for justice - and the ghost of Jig, his most famous antagonist, whose death has given birth to new demons.
The world of Frank Pagan, Special Branch's counter-terrorist agent, is being violated. He is being observed, his every movement tracked and recorded. His flat is broken into. The only object stolen is a photograph of his dead wife, which is later returned to him grotesquely disfigured. But it is more than Pagan's residence that has been invaded. His dreams, his every waking moment, are filled with hot, obsessive thoughts of a mortally alluring woman. For it is the most critical assignment of Pagan's career, as well as his fate, to bring to justice the enigmatic and ruthless terrorist Carlotta, who is wanted the world over for her hideous crimes. Indifferent to the horror and destruction she leaves in her wake, yet curiously fixated on Pagan, Carlotta sends emotional depth-charges into his life to the point where his pursuit of her crosses the line that separates duty from sexual obsession. In a deadly cat-and-mouse chase, Pagan is destined always to stay just a step behind Carlotta, until the fatal day he catches up with his nemesis. Riddled with intrigue, violence and sexual tension, Heat resolves the confrontation begun in Campbell Armstrong's bestselling Jig, and Jigsaw. A consummate psychological thriller, it takes the reader on a journey into the darkest reaches of a man's soul.
Only four men in the whole of the US could have known when the shipment of ten millions dollars to the IRA was scheduled. One of those four must be responsible for the slaughter of the couriers and hijacking of the funds. Only one man is trusted by the terrorists to go after the money. Their best assassin; the man they call Jig - deft at killing, nimble at eluding capture. But hot on his trail is Frank Pagan, British counter-terrorist agent, who will hunt his prey to the ends of the earth. The perfect match for a dance to the death...
If this is your author page then you can share your Twitter updates with your readers right here on LoveReadingFind out more
If this is your author page then you can share your Facebook updates with your readers right here on LoveReadingFind out more