Smokeheads by Douglas Johnstone

By Douglas Johnstone

This identify is shortlisted for CrimeFest's final chuckle Award. 4 associates, one weekend, gallons of whisky. What may get it wrong? pushed through novice whisky-nut Adam, 4 late-thirties ex-university friends are heading to Islay - the distant Scottish island international recognized for its unmarried malts - with a pockets filled with funds, a stash of coke and a major thirst. Over a weekend soaked within the most interesting cask power spirit, they meet younger divorcee Molly, who Adam has a tender spot for, her little sister Ash who has every type of difficulties and Molly's ex-husband Joe, a regulate freak who additionally occurs to be the neighborhood police. As occasions spiral uncontrolled, they're all thrown right into a nightmare that will get worse at each flip.

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Except you make millions at the expense of ordinary punters,’ said Adam. ’ Roddy beamed. ‘I didn’t make the rules. And anyway, I don’t fuck up, I’m still making pots of money. The best in the business like me are always going to make money. ’ Adam turned to Luke. ’ Luke shrugged. ‘Just as a little favour, you understand,’ said Roddy. ’ Adam turned to Roddy. ’ said Roddy. He pointed at Ethan.

Adam nodded. ‘Way more fruity than the others, cherries and tangerines. ’ ‘That Ardbeg at the Society was the business, man,’ Luke drawled. It always surprised Adam what a good memory Luke had, considering how much he toked. All four of them were members of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society back in Edinburgh where they had nights out every couple of months, usually at the ancient Vaults bondhouse in Leith or occasionally in the corporate-whore cash-in joint on Queen Street. A few months back they’d tried a young first-fill sherry-butt Ardbeg, only nine years old but complex and challenging.

Adam looked at Roddy now and winced. Tall and fit, wavy hair flicking in the wind, he looked like a Hollywood rendition of a heroic frontiersman off to tame the wilderness and win his bride, all square jaw, striking good looks and smouldering stare. Adam caught a glimpse of his own hungover self in a grubby porthole. Chipmunk cheeks and wobbly chin, balding head and a short, stocky body, red-raw eyes behind dated thick-rimmed meeja specs. He was six inches shorter than Roddy, but it felt like more.

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