To mark National Crime Reading Month, a former police commander and hostage negotiator turned tartan noir author is to share his experiences and inspirations as he launches his second book.

Following the success of his debut novel, The Fear of Falling, John Harkin will be returning to Mearns Library on June 28 from 6.20pm to 7.30pm.

In the Glaswegian’s latest book, A Fear of Dark Places, central character DI Luc Kidston returns, this time investigating the grisly murder of a prominent, openly gay prosecutor.

DI Kidston discovers that a friend of the victim died just a few weeks earlier, but botched police work resulted in a suicide ruling.

When the case becomes a double murder inquiry, he believes he may be tracking a serial killer.

In a post on social media, East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “Come along to hear from John about his experiences and inspirations behind writing two successful crime novels and enjoy some refreshments.”

The event is for those aged 16 plus.

To book your place contact the library on 0141 577 4979.