T F Muir was born in Glasgow and graduated from Strathclyde University. Youthful wanderlust took him to the United States and the Middle East for many years but gave him the chance to indulge his talent for dark, edgy thriller-writing. Now a significant new addition to the Scottish tartan noir scene, he has been described by Quintin Jardine as ‘a bright new recruit to the swelling army of Scots crime writers’.
Muir’s first novel EYE FOR AN EYE, published by Luath Press in 2007, introduced us to the driven Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gilchrist, and the dark cobbled alleys of the ‘auld grey toon’, St Andrews. The novel was well received, earning plaudits from Louise Welsh – ‘everything that I look for in a crime novel’ – and being awarded the Pitlochry Crime Award at the Scottish Association of Writers’ Annual Conference – and was followed by a sequel, HAND FOR A HAND, in September 2009. The next two novels in the Gilchrist series are published by Constable & Robinson and are TOOTH FOR A TOOTH (Autumn 2012) and LIFE FOR A LIFE (September 2013). Muir also wrote a short story, A CHRISTMAS TAIL, in December 2013.
The next in Muir’s Gilchrist series is THE MEATING ROOM, which was published by Constable & Robinson in September 2014.
T F Muir has now returned from the Middle East, and currently lives in Scotland – where he carries out copious amounts of research in the local pubs and restaurants of St Andrews and Glasgow.
‘The robust dialogue (of EYE FOR AN EYE) and intimately-described personal habits of some of the characters … might cause the reader to wonder at the wisdom of their purchase but, while the language might not be subtle, the book’s grip on the reader is. Before you know it, the completely unexpected plot twists and the simple humanity of the characters have you hooked. EYE FOR AN EYE brings a criminal nightmare to an everyday location: a serial killer on the verge of a mental breakdown, whom local people seem to know yet don’t fear until it’s too late, walks the familiar cobbled streets and lanes of St Andrews. A recent article in the national press suggested Muir had delivered to us, in the shape of Andy Gilchrist, the successor to Ian Rankin’s Rebus. Has he? That’s for each reader to decide, but it is a distinct possibility.’
The Scots Magazine, 2007