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Mark Wightman grew up in the Far East – first in Hong Kong, and then in Singapore. His debut novel, WAKING THE TIGER was published by Hobeck Books in June 2021 and is the first instalment in the Inspector Betancourt historical crime series in which Betancourt, a Eurasian detective, battles corruption and discrimination as he searches for justice in pre-war colonial Singapore. Mark is fascinated by exploring the elements of history that lie at the margins, where the recorded facts have either faded or been hidden.
In 2022 WAKING THE TIGER was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. In 2021, it was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Debut of the Year. It won the Pitch Perfect competition at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival 2017.
Mark lives in Scotland.
- CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger – Shortlisted
Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel
McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year – Longlisted
Scottish Crime Debut of the Year – Shortlisted
Bloody Scotland Crime Festival Pitch Perfect Competition – Winner
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