Another book, another book launch. Anna Smith signs up for her pals in Glasgow.
By Liam Heaney
Anna Smith is an award-winning journalist who spent a lifetime in daily newspapers, reporting from the frontline all over the world.
She has covered conflicts from Somalia to Rwanda to Kosovo, where she witnessed the plight of tragic refugees, genocide and hideous ethnic cleansing.
She has also worked on major investigations, unmasking drug dealers and paedophiles, as well as reporting on events from the Dunblane Massacre, to 9/11, where she was one of the first journalists on the scene in both world shaking events.
She writes novels full time now, using her vast experience as a journalist to create the hugely popular Rosie Gilmour character, a gritty Glasgow journalist who tears down the walls of corruption and will stop at nothing to get her story.
Anna lives between her homes in Scotland and the West of Ireland – and also in Spain to escape the British weather.
Anna Smith signs some of her books for fans at the Glasgow branch of Waterstones.
Her highly acclaimed debut novel, The Dead Won’t Sleep, was the first in the series, exposing corruption and child abuse at the very top of the establishment, echoing real news stories that are being reported at the moment, even though the novel was published three years ago.
The second in the series is, To Tell The Truth, and takes Rosie on a terrifying investigation into the kidnapping of a three-year-old girl from a beach in Spain while on holiday with her parents. It’s a fast paced story of people trafficking and international child porn, and is set in Glasgow, Spain and Morocco.
Book three, is Screams In The Dark, is a harrowing tale of refugees going missing in Glasgow. When a torso is found floating in the River Clyde, Rosie is on the trail of international criminals from London to Belgrade and uncovers a network of evil. It’s a story close to Anna’s heart as she reported from Kosovo at the start of the war when stricken refugees were spilling across the border in their thousands.
Her fourth in the series, is Betrayed, where Rosie takes on the criminals in the Ulster Volunteer Force in Glasgow. It’s a gripping story of cocaine smuggling, of divided loyalties, of love and regret, and ultimately of betrayal.
A Cold Killing, takes Rosie on the dangerous trail of gun runners as she probes the murder of a retired Glasgow University lecturer. The deeper she digs, she finds that he has a dark past that leads all the way to MI6 and the KGB.
Next in the acclaimed Rosie Gilmour series is Rough Cut – a tale of two hapless prostitutes who find themselves on the run with stolen diamonds, and Rosie is investigating a story that takes her from Glasgow to the mountains of Pakistan and forced marriages.
Her novel, Kill Me Twice, which tells the story of a rags to riches supermodel whose early troubled childhood in Glasgow has been airbrushed – until she falls from the roof of a Madrid hotel balcony.
Rosie is on the case and determined to uncover the buried evidence in a web of sexual abuse that goes from children’s homes to the heart of Westminster involving high profile figures.