ABOUT Bill Kirton

Bill Kirton
Ex university lecturer, writer of radio and stage plays, crime novels and short stories.Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and Unsafe Acts are all set in Cairnburgh, near Aberdeen, Scotland and feature DCI Jack Carston.The Figurehead is set in Aberdeen in 1840. More...



The body of a local shipwright is found on the beach. No-one, from the clients and suppliers he cheated to the women and girls he abused, is sorry. Figurehead carver, John Grant, is intrigued by the mystery and starts to investigate. He comes into contact with William Anderson, a successful local merchant and his daughter, who's also curious about the shipwright's death. As the investigations develop, John is also aware of the mutual attraction between himself and Helen. The story is one of death, blackmail and love.