Hardboiled in Scotland
If you've read and enjoyed authors such as John Sandford, Dennis Lehane, and Michael Connelly, you're reading a genre lovingly referred to as "hardboiled." These gritty narratives with a street smart protagonist are popular in the United States, with many authors from which to choose. However, Scotland seems to lend itself well to this genre, too. You might want to try authors such as Denise Mina, Ian Rankin, Quintin Jardine, Val MacDermid, and a favorite of mine, Stuart MacBride.