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Hit and Run

‘The whole panel were impressed with the non-stop energy of Hit and Run. Just when you think his protagonist has no further left to fall, he makes another crazy decision that amps up the suspense to an even greater level.’

Matt Thorne, writer and Head of Creative Writing
at Brunel University
2012 Judging Panel


Driving home from a party with his girlfriend and brother, all of them drunk and high on stolen pills, Billy Blackmore accidentally hits someone in the night. In a panic, they all decide to drive off.

But the next day Billy wakes to find he has to cover the story for the local paper. It turns out the dead man was Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord and, as Billy struggles with what he’s done, he is sucked into a nightmare of guilt, retribution and violence.



About Doug Johnstone:

Doug Johnstone is the author of three novels: Hit and Run, Smokeheads and The Ossians. Writer-in-residence at the University of Strathclyde, he is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter and musician, and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh.