A former Head Boy of Brechin High School, Allan L. Mann, now lives in Kentucky and is an author of crime fiction.
Allan tells us that his first publication, Wrung Out, was released on January 6, and is the first of two short story prequels to a trilogy of full-length novels.
The stories are all based in Tayside, with the protagonist a retired detective sergeant from the old Tayside Police.
The second short story prequel, Murder in the Sma’ Glen, is due to be released tomorrow (Thursday) and takes place in the countryside just outside Crieff.
This story is based on a real life mystery that took place in 1926.
Both short stories serve to introduce the main character, Tom Guthrie.
The second book in the upcoming trilogy will be based in Glen Esk and Brechin and centre around a wind farm project.
Allan’s father is a retired policeman and his parents still live in Brechin.
He was a member of the Air Training Corp in the city and was awarded the Purdie Sword of Honour as the top cadet in Scotland.
He joined the Royal Air Force shortly after completing secondary education, but moved to the United States in late 1991 after marrying his American wife.
Allan tells is he has been in aviation for 23 years, his first flight being at the Angus Gliding Club at RM Condor.
He continued: “There’s a fantastic tradition of Scottish crime fiction. I grew up in the area and my father is retired from Tayside Police, so I know the countryside well and I can get the inside scoop over a ‘phone call back home. Angus will certainly feature as a ‘character’ in its own right. It would be easier to research a US-based story since I live here, but it’s more important for me to create a story and develop characters than make sure that the granular details of a crime scene is completely accurate.
“I still hold down a day job as Vice-President for an aircraft management company based in Cincinnati. I have to retire at some point. Perhaps if all the crime fiction fans in Brechin buy all my books I can think about writing full time!”
Some useful links
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.co.uk/Allan-L-Mann/e/B00RY86XK2/