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An occasional series on eminent Scots under-valued by the general public or forgotten.

501Frederic Lindsay (1933 – 2013)

There are any number of Scottish-born authors of detective fiction, a few full-time and very successful, but the best of them all is no longer with us, Frederic Lindsay. Not all his novels are detective thrillers but all represent literature of the highest quality rather than the best of pulp fiction. Lindsay was both highly respected by colleagues and publishers and partly ignored by the popular press.

Much of his prose leans to the poetic. There is an ebb and flow to descriptive passages that is immensely pleasing. He writes about hard working people living on the edge and fat, over-indulgent businessmen who rule the lives of those working people.


One quality had him stand out. All his adult life Lindsay was a fervent supporter of Scotland’s independence. He did his research and came to the only conclusion one can…

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