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Douglas Skelton Books In Order

Publication Order of Davie McCall Books

Blood City (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crow Bait (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Devil's Knock (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Open Wounds (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dominic Queste Books

The Dead Don't Boogie (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tag-You're Dead (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Frightener (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Final Solution (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood On The Thistle (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Time to Kill (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Devil's Gallop (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadlier Than The Male (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bloody Valentine (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Indian Peter (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scotland's Most Wanted (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glasgow's Black Heart (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Heart (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Douglas Skelton is a renowned author from Scotland, who likes to write crime fiction and thriller novels. He has established himself as a successful crime author by penning 11 books. Some of his popular ones include Indian Peter, Glasgow’s Black Heart, and Frightener. Apart from writing crime novels, author Douglas has featured in many news programs and documentaries as a Glasgow crime expert. Most recently, Douglas has appeared on the program called Gangs of Britain, with Gary and Martin Kemp. The 2005 book written by author Douglas, known as Indian Peter, was adapted into a radio documentary by the BBC Scotland, which was presented by Douglas himself. He had written Frightener in collaboration with author Lisa Brownlie. This book played an instrumental role in helping 2 men in coming out clean of the mass murder charges for which they wrongly imprisoned. Currently, the book is being developed into a feature movie. Author Douglas forayed into the fiction genre for the first time with the book called Blood City. Prior to the beginning of his writing career, author Douglas used to work in a variety of jobs. Some of the works that he was involved in include working as a shelf stacker, taxi driver, civil servant, meat porter, bank clerk, wine waiter, editor, investigator, and reporter. But, once he developed an interest in writing crime books, he left all the other jobs and started focusing on his career. As of now, he works as a full time writer and is working towards the development of his latest book. Author Douglas was born and raised in Glasgow. Currently, he resides in Ayrshire. However, he is still very much attracted to his home city and likes to write about it quite often.

After writing eleven historical and true crime books, author Douglas shifted his focus towards fiction with the Davie McCall book series in 2014. The last book of this series, Open Wounds, was longlisted for a McIlvanney Award in 2016. All the books of the series are published by the Luath Press. Apart from this successful book series, author Douglas also writes the Dominic Queste novel series. Douglas is in contract with the Contraband publication for penning this series. Douglas has even written a 30 minute drama that won the Scottish Centre Award from the Royal TV Society in the category of the best drama. For his expertise in crime fiction, author Douglas was selected to investigate real life crime for the Glasgow solicitors. He was also involved in running a long lasting campaign for righting a justice miscarriage. In Indian Peter, author Douglas has described a true adventure story about a young boy, who gets kidnapped from Aberdeen and transported to colonies in America. Later, he sold as a servant, kidnapped by Native Americans, made to fight in the Indian and French Wars. After a few years, the man is exchanged as a POW. As soon as he returns to Scotland, he starts a legal battle for proving that Aberdeen’s powerful men were involved in the kidnapping trade. The case goes on for more than 20 years. During this course, he becomes a printer, author, publican, publisher, etc. Author Douglas was praised a lot for coming with this original story. Its tremendous success helped author Douglas’ writing career receive a huge boost. Douglas went on to write a few more interesting books in the later stages of his career.

The Davie McCall series written by Douglas Skelton is comprised of 4 books in total, which were released between the years 2013 and 2016. Each of the books of this series feature the lead character as Davie McCall. The debut novel of this series is entitled ‘Blood City’. It was released in the year 2013 by the Luath Press. At the start of the book’s story, it is shown that Davie McCall lives in Glasgow and is more than an average henchman. For the first 15 years of his life, Davie was tormented and abused by his father. This has caused a permanent darkness in him from the inside, and Davie tries to find a way out. He begins to flourish under the Godfather of Glasgow named Joe the Tailor. Joe is known to be a killer, but he follows a certain moral code and Davie respects him for that. He does not like to deal in drugs. Also, Joe doesn’t appreciate foul language and violence on women. Later, when Joe refuses to join in a newly started drug trade, he gets attacked from all sides by the members of the underworld of Glasgow. Due to this, the entire underworld turns upside side, and Davie gets caught up in the middle of all the action. However, he gets support from a young and attractive reporter, who makes him realize that he can leave behind his criminal life and start afresh. In doing so, Davie McCall goes through a lot of hardships and difficulties. Overall, the novel is an excellent description of Glasgow’s underworld during its phase of seismic shift. It depicts a story of corruption, betrayal, violence, friendships destroyed apart, and loyalties tested.

Another popular book written in the series is called ‘Devil’s Knock’. The Luath publication released this book too in 2015. Once again, author Douglas has described the story as having taken place in Glasgow. The primary characters of this novel’s story include Davie McCall and Dickie Himes. At the beginning of the story of the book, it is depicted that Davie McCall still has the darkness inside of him. This darkness keeps haunting him on one hand, and on the other hand it helps him carry out despicable things to the ones trying to harm him and his friends. After the killing of Dickie Himes in one of the Jarvis clan-owned clubs, a series of events is sparked. Davie McCall knows it very well that the events can cause a huge gang war on the Glasgow streets. The police seem to try everything possible in their limit to stop the criminal activities, but all their efforts go in vain. Finally, Davie McCall decides to take the matter in his hands as justice is easily corrupted or bought in Glasgow. While doing so, Davie must also deal with the ghosts of all those he has previously failed. These include a Hollywood actor as well as a dog. All the while, Davie McCall keeps wondering whether he will be able to get rid of the persistent darkness inside his own self after finding a target on the back and step back from killing or the devil’s knock will prove too tempting for him. The book was very much appreciated by numerous readers and the critics. It received rave reviews and became highly successful.

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