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About Ron McMillan
Author of five books, with more on the way.
The latest, Don't Think Twice, is the first in a new crime series set in Scotland in the 1990s. Its central character is Detective Sergeant Rabinder (Call me Rab) Singh.
Prior to that came Bangkok Belle, the second in the Mason & Dixie crime thriller series.
The first in the series, Bangkok Cowboy, is a crime thriller set in Thailand that introduced two new central characters - Mason & Dixie, private eyes working in one of the most fascinating capitals in the world. Reviews have been excellent, and Bangkok Cowboy has been downloaded more than 3,000 times.
Another crime thriller, set in South Korea, is Yin Yang Tattoo. Well received by the critics, it was in print for Sandstone Press for eight years. It is now available as a Kindle download, and will very soon be on sale as a paperback from Amazon.
BETWEEN WEATHERS, Travels in 21st Century Shetland, is published by Sandstone Press. Nominated shortly after publication for the prestigious Saltire Society Awards, the first Shetland travel narrative since Victorian times remains in print.
A writer and photographer based for many years in Asia, I worked from a Hongkong base between 1988 and 1998, visiting most parts of the region on multiple occasions, on photo assignments for magazines in the USA and Europe including Time, Newsweek, Businessweek, Fortune and L'Express.
I now spend a large part of the year in Thailand.
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'Don't Think Twice is that rare crime novel that keeps you guessing - and totally hooked - from start to finish.' Charles Philipp Martin, author of Neon Panic.
Ever since 1971, when he arrived in Glasgow as an eleven-year-old fresh off the plane from India, Rabinder (call me Rab) Singh has struggled to fit in.
When we join him in 1993, Rab is a plain-clothes Detective Sergeant in Glasgow. And he still doesn’t fit in, not least since his estranged Scottish wife is an Inspector in the same station. After he throws a punch at superior officer Ken Malloy, Rab barely avoids being sacked. Instead, he is posted to the small coastal town of Dunoon.
He leaves behind a workplace shamed by its failure to solve the disappearance of fourteen-year-old Ashna Gupta. Ashna’s and Rab’s parents were friends. Four years after she went missing, and on the day Rab is exiled to Dunoon, the case features on BBC’s Crimewatch.
Calls come in that implicate Rab’s father Baldeep, who died of a heart attack shortly after Ashna went missing. Rab’s mother Ruby, who guards Baldeep’s memory ferociously, interferes with the investigation, and Rab is warned that if he gets involved, he will lose his job.
Meanwhile, in Dunoon Rab faces the disappearance of teenager Zoe McCusker in a case that quickly has the media drawing parallels with the Ashna disappearance. Soon, Rab becomes a suspect in both investigations.
Zoe remains missing, the Dunoon station is barely functional, and the Ashna investigation continues to be led by Detective Inspector Ken Malloy, who is desperate to settle scores with Rab, who is barred from both investigations.
Thirty years ago, not many Scots were ready for a man in a turban turning their lives inside out, but Rab won’t let that stop him being a good detective. His career and the family name depend upon it.
In that order. Never mind what his mother says.
PROFESSOR DOUGLAS KERR, CHAIRMAN, HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL
Photographer Alec Brodie left South Korea ten years ago and now ekes out a precarious existence in London. Just as a long line of creditors closes in, a fat commercial assignment lands from the K-N Group in Korea.
Back in Seoul, Brodie finds its darker side as congenial as ever, not least a beautiful prostitute called Miss Hong. After he bumps into his old lover, Jung-hwa, now married to one of K-N’s senior executives, Brodie discovers he is part of an enormous corporate scam – and when he protests, a ghoulish package is delivered to his hotel room.
Brodie is now the prime suspect in a violent murder, in a country where the death penalty is still enforced. With the police on his tail and his face all over the news his only hope is to go after K-N's senior management.
With his relationship with Jung-hwa still to be resolved, Brodie is on the run, alone in a strange land. But perhaps he is not completely alone.
PRAISE FOR YIN YANG TATTOO:
'An action-packed murder mystery....a must read that you won't be able to put down.' - GROOVE KOREA MAGAZINE
'A coherent and well-told page turner' - SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
'McMillan's eye for detail, whether aboard a transcontinental flight or in a Seoul blues club, weaves a rich background on which increasing layers of intrigue develop.' - JOE CUMMINGS, BANGKOK POST
'An unusual setting with an authentic feel makes for a superior thriller.' - SCOTTISH REVIEW OF BOOKS
YIN YANG TATTOO was first published in 2010 by award-winning Sandstone Press. Apart from a small number of minor corrections, this new Kindle edition is identical to the Sandstone Press edition.
Paul Dorsey, The Sunday Nation, Thailand.
"a ripper of a series - set in Thailand with some great characters and a strong sense of society and place." Karen Chisholm, AustCrimeFiction.org Top Books of 2016 List
"a busy book with action in both Bangkok and Sydney"....."great settings"...."an interesting cast of characters"...."plenty of action and pace." Colman Keane, Col's Criminal Library Blog
"a fun, action-packed story with interesting characters." Books and Beyond Blog
"engaging and informative, paced and clever, with lashings of humour into the bargain.......clever writing and plotting, great characters, pitch perfect dialogue, some stand out scene setting, laughter, action, pathos, friendship, a bit of romance and a heap of enjoyable madness." AustCrimeFiction.org
Praise for the opening title in the Mason & Dixie series, BANGKOK COWBOY:
"Written with incredible pace and verve." - AustCrimeFiction.org
"From the start of 'Bangkok Cowboy' we were gripped." - CrimeBookClub.co.uk
"a fast-moving, action-packed thriller." - ThaiSabai.org
"That Mason and Dixie have their lethal moments is expected and McMillan dishes out the violence with skill, thrills and the right amount of restraint - i.e. not much - but never without good reason." - Iain Millar, Wowasis.com
#2 in the Mason & Dixie crime thriller series.
Bangkok private eye duo Mason & Dixie are hired to provide protection to Australian soap opera star Belle Cooper, who came under vicious attack from the moment she announced her participation in a Bangkok pageant.
British Army veteran Mason and his transgender business partner Dixie already have their hands full with the disappearance of their colleague. Aom went missing while keeping watch on a night club owner called Chocolate, who is suspected of murdering her British husband, Robert Collingwood.
Mason & Dixie have to keep Belle safe while juggling threats posed by the corrupt police colonel who swept the Collingwood investigation under the carpet, the ex-IRA hit man who is Chocolate’s new boyfriend, and an ageing New Jersey mobster working for the Macau mafia.
Showdowns at an exclusive inner city resort and an abandoned fruit farm on the outskirts of the Thai capital take this fast-moving thriller to an explosive conclusion.
A British Army veteran of the Afghan war, Mason has seen his share of conflict - but finding out why Nathalie was secretly working for scum like Raymond Long pushes him to his combat-hardened limits. Mason and his beautiful transgender Thai partner Dixie urgently need to discover why the missing hard drive is so important – and to get to Nathalie before Long’s murderous gang find her. The arrival from Vancouver of a psychotic hitman only adds to tension that mounts all the way to a late night climax on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
By the author of the critically-praised Yin Yang Tattoo, (Sandstone Press, 2010), Bangkok Cowboy is the first in a series of action-packed Mason & Dixie crime thrillers set within the grimy folds of one of the world’s great cities. Its sequel, BANGKOK BELLE, is now available on Amazon.
WHAT REVIEWERS SAY:
"a ripper of a series - set in Thailand....great characters and a strong sense of society and place." Karen Chisholm, AustCrimeFiction.org (via Twitter)
"Written with incredible pace and verve, BANGKOK COWBOY combines a very good plot with a couple of great central characters." - AustCrimeFiction.org
"From the start of ‘Bangkok Cowboy’ we were gripped..... Set in Bangkok you are pulled into a world of violence and crime. Ron McMillan takes you through a dark and punishing side of Thailand and after reading a few paragraphs you feel a part of the story, a bystander almost." - CrimeBookClub.co.uk
"That Mason and Dixie have their lethal moments is expected and McMillan dishes out the violence with skill, thrills and the right amount of restraint – i.e. not much – but never without good reason." - Iain Millar, Wowasis.com
"....the book’s violence is described with a grace reminiscent of a ballet performance....McMillan tells their stories with panache, bringing to life the dank, humid environment of Bangkok’s seedy underbelly...... McMillan’s gifts as a storyteller are clear..... Fans of the noir genre and of fiction involving expats in Asia should check out Bangkok Cowboy." - Groove Korea Magazine