Top crime writer Peter James will reveal the lengths to which he goes for his art at an appearance in Perth.
The 68-year-old is well-known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to researching his best-selling novels and while working on his latest book he undertook his bravest challenge to date.
Buried Alive centres on a groom’s stag night which takes a sinister turn and to get an idea of the trauma, Peter was locked in a coffin for real.
This and other tale from his writing will be the subject of a special event at St John’s Kirk later this month.
In total, he has written 35 novels, including the International best-selling series featuring Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, which have sold 18 million copies worldwide and have given him 11 consecutive UK Sunday Times number ones, as well as top slots in Germany, France, Russia and Canada.
His one-man show will include some insights into his latest two books. Need You Dead, a new Roy Grace novel, is scheduled for a May release. It will be the 13th book in the series and the first “whodunnit”, described as “a little bit different in format” to others that have gone before it.
James has also revealed he has been working on a standalone novel, Absolute Proof, since 1993. It is slated for publication in October this year.
“It’s on the small topic of what would happen if someone had absolute proof that God exits,” he said.
An Evening with Peter James begins at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm) on Monday, April 24 in St John’s Kirk, Perth. Waterstone’s will be selling Peter James’ titles on the evening and the author will sign books after the event.
Booking is essential and tickets, priced at £8, are available via the Culture Perth & Kinross website www.culturepk.org.uk by phoning 01738 444949.