Serial Thriller - Gritty New Scots Drama Hits the Streets

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Hotly-tipped Edinburgh author Colin Galbraith has finally unleashed the first part of his gripping new internet serial, HUNTING JACK. With Edinburgh recently being named World Capital Of Literature, Galbraith thinks the time is perfect to follow in the footsteps of ScotlandÂ?s greatest writers with a compelling and touching portrayal of life in the capital.

It's midnight in London, and Jackie McCann is alone, and on the run. With all but the clothes on his back, a small amount of money and a letter that could change his life forever, he is determined to make his way to Scotland to find his true identity and to realise his dreams.

For years they told him he was part of their family, and that he had been the sole survivor of the car crash that wiped out his biological parents. But now, his life has been turned upside down upon finding a letter from them - hidden by his adoptive family. A fight ensues and he realises it is time for him to flee the streets of London.

“Jackie felt his heart pound within his chest; his mouth dry and his forehead hot. Slowly, he pulled the letter from his pocket, and swallowed hard.”

On the overnight bus to Glasgow he reflects on London’s glamorous façade; the hotels, bars, sky-high offices and palaces of Royalty. Katie, a Scottish girl, makes his acquaintance and they form a friendship. He skirts with homelessness and money starts to become a problem. Katie helps him begin his quest, but after she goes missing and her best friend murdered, Jackie soon discovers there is more to her, and his family's background than he could ever have imagined.

Jackie makes a move to Edinburgh as he follows the trail and after a chance encounter, forms a friendship with film producer Paul Brethren during The Edinburgh Festival. They become friends and it seems he has met an ally who can help him fulfil his dreams, as well as his desire to locate his parents. But when Neil, Jackie’s adoptive father, turns up dead behind a renowned gangster bar, and Katie’s past finally caches up with her, things start to heat up. Jackie realises he must find his family fast if he is to save himself and those he loves. “This shouldn’t happen to a sixteen year old,” he tells himself.

HUNTING JACK was inspired by 2004’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Galbraith explained: “I see homeless people every day in Edinburgh, and during the Festival they seem to blend into the crowds of performers and audiences that gather in the streets. I started thinking about how easy it would be for a homeless person to stand on a street corner, say they were performing in The Fringe and make some cash. The idea then grew from there – a runaway boy looking for his family who finds himself homeless in Edinburgh during the festival and having to perform for money, which ironically is his ultimate dream.”

HUNTING JACK publishes on Tuesdays and Fridays each week on the internet’s leading serial fiction provider, keepitcoming.net. Subscribers receive a new issue each day, along with a free issue of an alternate story from the e-zine website. No matter when you subscribe, you start with the first issue. For more information and to receive a free issue of this exciting new story, visit: http://www.keepitcoming.net/hunting-jack.html.

COLIN GALBRAITH is 31, lives in Edinburgh and is the author of a string of published short stories and poems. He is currently working on an exciting new novel set in Glasgow in the late 1990s, tentatively entitled A Friend To Die For.

He can be contacted through his website: http://www.colingalbraith.co.uk and is available for interviews. His popular daily Blog can be found at http://freedomfromthemundane.blogspot.com

HUNTING JACK is available for preview and purchase at http://www.keepitcoming.net

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