Rocking book launch for local author

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THE frontman of a popular Scottish band is set to help a local author launch his new book in style.

Author Sinclair MacLeod (46), from Bishopbriggs, will have fans rocking at the launch of his latest book ‘The Killer Performer’ thanks to Jon Fratelli who is set to perform.

The book is the third in the author’s best-selling series of detective novels and it will be launched in Glasgow’s Sloans Bar on Sunday.

It continues the adventures of insurance investigator Craig Campbell – following on from the writer’s first two books, ‘The Reluctant Detective’ and ‘The Good Girl’.

The event will also raise money for the Meningitis Trust, in memory of Sinclair’s son Calum, who tragically died from the illness in October 2007 aged just 12.

Shortly afterwards Sinclair was inspired to give up his job in IT to become a full-time novelist – dedicating all his books to his son.

And now he has invited his son’s favourite singer to the launch event to make the night even more poignant.

Sinclair explained: “A huge thank-you goes to the very talented Jon Fratelli who has generously agreed to give us a special live performance.

“The Fratellis were Calum’s favourite band and Jon was the inspiration that led to Calum learning the guitar.

“The band dedicated their second album ‘Here We Stand’ to Calum.

“The event has been made possible by the wonderful Sloans Bar, the oldest bar and restaurant in Glasgow. We thank them for their generosity, helpfulness and support.”

He hopes that his third novel will repeat the success of its predecessors, which have both climbed into the top 20 best-selling crime thrillers on Amazon.

And he’s given the Herald a copy of each of his books for one lucky reader to win.

To find out how you can win, see this week’s Herald dated Wednesday, April 11 for more details.