Gamey, amoral ... a reminder that Scottish crime is rougher and tougher and somehow more jaunty than the kind celebrated down south.
Convincing settings add to the attraction of plot that is convoluted without being over-complicated.
It moves at breakneck pace through a swiftly changing landscape of human emotions where logic and reason are fragile concepts.
To be published 17 November
Severn House 1985, Futura 1987
A thriller of rare power, the spare writing style keeps the tension keening up to a fearful end.
Macdonald 1987, Futura 1988
A strong psychological tale, vividly written, depressingly believable in its horrific detail.
Macdonald 1988, Futura 1989
Mr Paul has a refreshingly wider vocabulary than most thriller writers.
As Wallace edges ever nearer his objective sinister forces begin to conspire against him on opposite sides of the world.
Severn House 1991
It becomes impossible to tell who is there to guard and who to kill as partners take the floor in a terrifying dance of death.
A highly charged novel that takes the reader outside the normal boundaries of law and order to a place where the rules simply do not apply.