By The Sword #2

Posted: February 28, 2011 in By The Sword, Novels

The front end was quite easy. There is a lot of stuff out there in terms of police procedure, and I had a few tips as well (you know who you are!) I needed to walk around the Southern Necropolis in Glasgow, to get a feel for where the first body would end up. It was straightforward enough (with welcome feedback on the way) until I got to Barlinnie, or rather until Billy got to Barlinnie. Then I became unstuck for a while.

A book came to the rescue. The Barlinnie Story by Robert Jeffrey. This was a fascinating non-fiction history of the infamous prison, and provided me with enough material and confidence to imagine it. Billy’s incarceration spans two chapters and ends messily and deliberately. There are only so many ways to effect an escape, and this one may seem somewhat similar to other plot devices but rest assured….I racked my brains for ages, and it was the only way that worked! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery anyway…

Then, it was full circle. Back to the beginning with somewhere around 20,000 words, leaving off where the original short story had finished. Billy had to make his escape somewhere, after tying up a few loose ends. So where? There was only one place: Japan.

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