Entry updated 20 February 2023. Tagged: Author.
(1951- ) Scottish journalist, screenwriter and author, active from around 1970; in France from around 2000. During the first twenty-five years of his career as a screenwriter, he was involved in something like 1,000 television productions, all seemingly nonfantastic. He began to publish fiction with The Reporter (1978), which he serialized for the BBC; most of his later novels have been crime thrillers, including the China Thrillers beginning with The Firemaker (1999), the Enzo Files beginning with Dry Bones (2006) and the Lewis Trilogy beginning with The Blackhouse (2011) [series not listed below].
May is of sf interest for A Winter Grave (2023), set in a Near Future Scotland complexly affected by Climate Change, with global warming responsible for changing the path of the Gulf Stream, Glasgow's streets become navigable canals, snow in the Highlands again. Scotland having rejoined the European Community after finally winning independence, the land is in some ways thriving. The murder plot at the heart of A Winter Grave is plausibly dependent on the changing nature of the new world. [JC]
born Glasgow, Scotland: 20 December 1951
works (very highly selected)
- A Winter Grave (London: riverrun, 2023) [hb/]
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