Screenwriter Sergio Casci, author of The Caller and American Cousins, and I have been close friends for 30 years. We worked together at a magazine in Glasgow when I was writing Of Darkness and Light, my first novel, which I dedicated to him. I wrote the book in a few weeks in the summer of 1988, and every morning he would read what I'd written the night before and critique it for me. His encouragement was invaluable.
More than 20 years later, I named a psychopath after him in my erotic noir novella One for My Baby. As he's married to the brilliant neo-noir author Helen Fitzgerald, I gave the fictional criminal Sergio Casci a henchman named Fitzgerald.
The picture of us above was taken by another old and dear friend, American lawyer and journalist Nick Hentoff, in The Sparkle Horse, Glasgow, a couple nights ago.