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HAND FOR A HAND – DCI Andy Gilchrist is thrust into a murder investigation when a woman’s amputated hand is found in a golf course bunker, clutching a note addressed to him. The note contains only one word – MURDER. When other single-word clues are served up to Gilchrist with other body parts, he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past. With time running out, Gilchrist must solve the cryptic clues and find the murderer before the next victim, a woman whose life means more to him than his own, is served up to him piece by slaughtered piece.


“Rebus did it for Edinburgh. Laidlaw did it for Glasgow. Gilchrist might just be the bloke to put St. Andrews on the crime fiction map.” – Daily Record

“…kept me turning the pages and left me wanting more.” – Louise Welsh (Eye for an Eye)

“A bright new recruit to the swelling army of Scots crime writers.” – Quintin Jardine

“The suspense never wavers. A really good read.” – Clarissa Dickson Wright (Eye for an Eye)


Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Frank was plagued from a young age with the urge to see more of the world than the rain sodden slopes of the Campsie Fells. By the time he graduated from University with a degree he hated, he already had more jobs than the River Clyde has bends – bartender, farmhand, postman, lumberjack, labourer, surveyor, among many others. Thirty-plus years of living and working overseas helped Frank appreciate the raw beauty of his home country. Now a dual US/UK citizen, Frank has returned to Scotland, and now lives in the outskirts of Glasgow.

To learn more about Frank, please visit his website.