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I am the author of Random, Snapshot, Cold Grave, The Last Refuge
Witness The Dead, Murderabilia and the new novel The Photographer.

During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson interviewed three recent Prime Ministers; attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. His debut novel, Random, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger and was a Sunday Times bestseller.
Craig Robertson reads a section from The Last Refuge

Craig Robertson takes us to the Glasgow Necropolis to introduce us to his new crime thriller, Witness the Dead

Praise for Craig Robertson:
'Doing for Glasgow, what Rankin did for Edinburgh' Mirror
'A revenge thriller with a twist' Sun


The Photographer

'Craig Robertson’s Narey and Winter series goes from strength to strength, and this latest instalment is the most compelling....


Everyone has a hobby. Some people collect death. Murderabilia is the new novel by Craig Robertson.  It launches officially at Bloody...

In Place Of Death

A young man enters the culverted remains of an ancient Glasgow stream, looking for thrills. Deep below the city, it is decaying...

The Last Refuge

You can run from your past but you can never hide from yourself … When John Callum arrives on the wild and desolate Faroe Islands,...

Witness The Dead

Scotland 1972. Glasgow is haunted by a murderer nicknamed Red Silk - a feared serial killer who selects his victims in the city's...

Cold Grave

Even the coldest case will eventually crack. November 1993. Scotland is in the grip of the coldest winter in living memory and the...


A series of high-profile shootings by a lone sniper leaves Glasgow terrorised and police photographer Tony Winter - a man with a...


Glasgow is being terrorised by a serial killer the media have nicknamed The Cutter.  The murders have left the police baffled. ...


‘Watch Him Die’ Signed Copies | PrintPoint | Bute

With the lifting of some lockdown restrictions, I have been out and about doing some promo for my latest book - Watch Him Die. ...

Hole In The Sky by Craig Robertson

Where we live is black. Every wall, every building. Everything in Glasgow is built from a special kind of black stone. Faither says...

‘L’appel du vide’ by Craig Robertson

I’m on the platform at Edinburgh Park station. It’s Monday morning busy, mobbed with suits waiting to get into the city before...
Craig Robertson

Craig Robertson | Events | 2018

I've got a bunch of events coming up in the next couple of months and thought it was about time I shared them. So if you want to...
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2017 Appearances

Portsoy Book Festival  |  12 March |  The Salmon Bothy 11am - 1pm Tickets are available for purchase at the Ice Cream Shop, Seafield...
Bloody Scotland 2016

Bloody Scotland 2016

Bloody Scotland 2016 is almost upon us! This year you will be able to catch up with Craig at the following events  (click on links...

Stuff and some more stuff

There’s been a lot going on lately so I should really bring everything up to date, probably by starting at the beginning. The...


I’m off to Bristol this week for Crimefest, the four-day um… festival of crime in the city’s Marriott Hotel. They’ve got...



John Callum

Callum flies into the Faroes in the eye of a storm, seemingly not caring whether he survives it. He has left his native Glasgow for these dramatic but desolate islands in the middle of the North Atlantic. Is he running from someone or something? Or from himself?

Serge Gotteri

The Frenchman befriends Callum, two foreigners in a strange land. He is a photojournalist, recording the island birds for National Geographic but we soon have to wonder if there is more to Gotteri than first appears.

Karis Lisberg

Vivacious and volatile but seemingly troubled, Karis is a talented young artist. She and Callum are drawn to each other yet both are wary of any developing relationship. Some connections, however, cannot be ignored.

Martin Hojgaard

A patriotic and benevolent man, Hojgaard offers Callum first a job and then a place to stay. We are also introduced to his wife Silja and young daughter Rannva. Callum’s demons, both past and present, cause Hojgaard to regret his kindness.

Tummas Barthel

A former rock musician with a thirst for expensive whisky, Barthel is the one person on the Faroes who has an inkling of John Callum’s past. Does he represent a threat to Callum’s hopes of leaving his old life behind or might he be the answer to problems in his new one?

Aron Dam

A brooding and malevolent presence, Dam takes an instant and intense dislike to Callum. It’s clear that this is linked to his history with Karis but no one is keen to discuss it. All Callum knows for sure is that Dam is a threat.

Broddi Tunheim

An inspector with Torshavn Police, Tunheim takes temporary charge of the murder investigation before it has to be handed over to the Danish detectives who fly in from Copenhagen. He appears out of his depth but is far shrewder and more determined than he lets on.

The Faroe Islands

As much a character in the book as any of the individual players. A hauntingly beautiful place, cast into dark in winter and near perpetual light in summer, it quickly casts its own spell on John Callum. With its colourful turf-roofed houses, ancient traditions and idiosyncrasies, its theatrical landscape and centuries-old bloody whale hunt, it presents a perfect stage for a murder mystery.

Nils Dam

A fisherman like his brother Aron, he is equally as bad-tempered and violent as his elder sibling. Together they pose double trouble for Callum and are the last thing he needs as he tries to settle in without making any waves.

Esmundur Lisberg

Karis’ father and an influential minister with the local Lutheran church. He strongly disapproves of any association between Callum and Karis and isn’t slow to let his feelings be known. He and his daughter are close but their relationship is stormy.


The book opens with Callum waking on the fish slabs, unable to remember what had happened the night before. How did this set the tone of the book for you and what did you think had happened?
How did you feel about how the relationship between Callum and Karis ended? Did you hope it might have been resolved in another way or was their an inevitability about it? Also, Callum believed she had used him from the start to deal with Aron Dam. Do you feel he was right?
We then flashback to seeing John Callum enduring a life-threatening flight into the Faroe Islands and yet he doesn’t seem to care whether he lives or dies. What were your early conjectures about why this was?
When Callum learns the secrets of Karis’s past, he is forced to reconsider everything he thought about her and about what had happened on the night of the killing. Did you suspect what was revealed?
Callum can’t remember the events on the night of the murder and can’t be sure of his guilt or innocence. Did you think he was guilty and did your thoughts on this change at points during the book?
Callum is obviously troubled and we see that sleep is difficult for him, both because of the never-ending light and his enduring nightmares. What did you think was the reason for his near-insomnia?
In his desperation to find out what happened, Callum reverts to a side of himself that he’d been trying to ignore. Did you have sympathy for him despite the re-emergence of his violent tendencies?
In what ways do you think Callum had changed by the end of the book and what caused that change? Was it the Faroe Islands or what happened to him there?
Serge Gotteri takes Callum to see the grindadráp at Hvalvik and we see the aftermath of the whale hunt through their eyes. Did any of the arguments for and against change your mind throughout the book?
Inspector Broddi Tunheim seemed to try hard to give the impression of a detective who was out of his depth in a murder investigation. What did you think of him and how did he compare to the Danish cops, Nymann and Kielstrup? Whose side were you on?


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