Johnny’s return from London to stay with best friend Stevie in rural Fife is the final admission that his dreams of being an artist are over, in Three Craws by James Yorkston.
On the bus home he meets Mikey, a low-level dealer from the area. As Johnny tries to get his life on track, Mikey won’t leave the two men alone.
Johnny tries to hang on to the only job he can get, but Mikey’s actions threaten his livelihood – and Stevie’s sanity. At times bleak, this book serves as an evocative portrait of modern rural life for those dealt a meagre hand.
Three Craws, by James Yorkston, published by Freight, £9.99.