'Concert Of Ghosts' Author Campbell Black Returns To San Francisco

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Bestselling Scottish crime novelist travels back to his favorite US city to revisit the locales of his classic novel. Black is excited to research new settings for his next crime fiction novel in the widely acclaimed Lou Perlman detective series.

In 1991, writing under the pseudonym, Campbell Armstrong, writer Campbell Black fell in love with San Francisco and knew instinctively that his next crime thriller, exploring the lives of the '60s counterculture, CIA subversive mind control techniques and the harrowing events surrounding the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy which would culminate in an explosive story of lost love, and betrayal. Black's San Francisco-based novel evoked a paranoia striking familiar chords with savvy political insights that, more than a decade after its publication, now seem almost prophetic.

The novel, Concert of Ghosts (HarperCollins) timelines the City by the Bay from 1968 to the late 1980's - a bittersweet time in our nation's history - and was a great success here and abroad.

Years later, Black is anxious to have San Francisco once again as a backdrop for another crime novel, whose main character Lou Perlman, is a Jewish detective from Glasgow, Scotland, and has appeared in three books so far; The Bad Fire, The Last Darkness and White Rage.

"I'm just about finished with the fourth installment of the series," says Black, "and have another to write after that, and I thought, it's time for Lou to get out of Glasgow, and what better place to go than San Francisco?"

Spending almost a week in his favorite US city, before he returns to Ireland, where he now resides, catching up with old friends and making atmospheric notes for his next Lou Perlman novel is the last trip of a hectic June schedule. Earlier this month, he was one of the leading crime fiction authors feted at the annual Crime Writer's Festival, held in Paris France.

Says Black," Coming here again brings back terrific memories, and hopefully great new ones as well."

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