When the body of Bobby Gant, head of research and development for a local outdoor clothing manufacturer, is found tied to the rocks below the high tide line at the foot of the cliffs of Arbroath, a stretched Police Scotland find themselves with no-one to head the investigation.
Tom Guthrie found retirement from the police difficult to deal with, so he started a private investigation company and ended up consulting to his former employer.
His assignment to the Gant murder case is not well received by some of those he used to work with. Guthrie's liaison - Alisdair McEwan, a fresh-faced and sometimes over-enthusiastic officer, desperately wants to impress, but the pair run into a web of lies, and less than helpful colleagues of the murdered man. In the midst of his frustration with the lack of progress in the murder investigation, a fire in an empty warehouse kills a homeless man. This is dumped in Guthrie's lap - and he's not too pleased. The second investigation threatens to derail the murder case.
Guthrie now has to juggle two deaths, a young partner, an antagonistic boss, and an unexpected relationship.
Tools of the Trade is the first full-length outing for Tom Guthrie. Set in the atmospheric surroundings of Angus in the east of Scotland, the weather, the buildings, and the people all play their part to help - and hinder - Guthrie in his task of solving a murder.
About the Author
He now lives in the countryside of central Kentucky, USA. Georgetown is home to Georgetown College (not Georgetown University - that's a completely different Georgetown), horse farms, and the Toyota plant employing over 6500.
Growing up Allan always wanted to fly aircraft for a living. The Royal Air Force had the coolest ones, so he did everything he could to make sure his dream came true. It did. So he flew jets when they looked cool and made almost as much smoke as noise.
After marrying Christy and moving to the US, Allan started flying aircraft again and has been involved in business aviation ever since. In the 40 years since the first time he took the controls of a glider at the Angus Gliding Club in Arbroath, he has flown everything from a hot air balloon, Cessna 150 and Beagle Husky to a Victor K2, Boeing 727 and Gulfstream G550.
Allan is a leading figure in the business aviation community in the United States and continues to work with both industry and government leaders to formulate a safer aviation environment.
Allan has been a long-time fan of crime fiction and in particular that which is based in Scotland. Since turning his hand to writing, he has found out that reading it is easier. Consequently, he's spending more and more time in front of his computer.
He tries to get back "home" (even though he's lived in the US just as long as the UK) every couple of years. Living somewhere other than Scotland makes him much more appreciative of his homeland, and certainly more patriotic than he probably would have been if he were still living in the UK. He's trying to work out if this is a good thing.
His wife, Christy, three incredible daughters, two funny dogs, a weird cat, and two goldfish (Rebus and McRae) put up with him at home.