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Craig Russell wins top crime fiction prize for novel Hyde

The book draws on the Scottish origins of Jekyll and Hyde creator Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Craig Russell, winner of the McIlvanney Prize, in the The Albert Halls at Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival (Paul Reich/PA)

Craig Russell, winner of the McIlvanney Prize, in the The Albert Halls at Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival (Paul Reich/PA)

Craig Russell, winner of the McIlvanney Prize, in the The Albert Halls at Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival (Paul Reich/PA)

Craig Russell has won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year.

The best-selling author picked up the award – named in memory of the late Scottish novelist William McIlvanney – for his book Hyde.

Judges described the novel as having “a gothic background that draws you in and brings the reader back to the Scottish origins of Jekyll and Hyde’s creator, Robert Louis Stevenson”.

They said it was a “dark tale that was a delight and a thoroughly entertaining read”, showing that Scottish crime writing is “amongst the best in the world”.

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Robbie Morrison, winner of The Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel (Paul Reich/PA)

Robbie Morrison, winner of The Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel (Paul Reich/PA)

Robbie Morrison, winner of The Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel (Paul Reich/PA)

Russell previously won the award in 2015 with The Ghosts Of Altona and is the first author to win the prize twice.

He received the award at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival in Stirling’s Albert Halls.

Also honoured at the event was Robbie Morrison, who won the Debut Prize for his book Edge Of The Grave.

Judges described it as a “terrific debut novel, with a memorable cast of characters, which impressed the judges with its ambitious, authentic, deep dive into the Glasgow gangland and class divides of the 1930s”.

Morrison was also a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize along with Emma Christie, Alan Parks and Stuart MacBride.

The winners were presented with a trophy by Raymond Davidson, chief executive and founder of Glencairn Crystal.

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