David Tennant continues reading Stonemouth by Iain Banks for Book At Bedtime on BBC Radio 4 tonight at 10.45pm.
In tonight's fourth instalment:
A game of pool in the present and a teenage game of paintball start harmlessly but turn violent and deadly in today's episode of Iain Banks' novel.
Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years in exile his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away might be even more dangerous than turning up. An estuary town north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, with its five mile beach, can be beautiful on a sunny day.
On a bleak one, it can seem to offer little more than seafog, gangsters, cheap drugs and a suspension bridge irresistible to suicides. And although there's supposed to be a temporary truce between Stewart and the town's biggest crime family, it's soon clear that only Stewart is taking this promise of peace seriously. Before long a quick drop into the cold grey Stoun begins to look like the soft option. As he steps back into the minefield of his past to confront his guilt and all that it has lost him, Stu uncovers ever darker stories, and his homecoming takes a more lethal turn than even he had anticipated.
Read by David Tennant
Producer: David Roper
A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.