This was Crockett’s last novel, published on the day of his death. That’s one of those hindsight events which sees co-incidence re-cast as fate because with his last novel he goes back to his first success. ‘Silver Sand’ is a prequel to ‘The Raiders’ set some thirty years before, and gives us background to John Faa as a young man. Combining one of his great characters with one of his favourite periods, ‘The Killing Times,’ allows Crockett to discuss sovereign authority and the nature of the rule of law – wrapped up in a swashbuckling adventure romance with no small poignancy. If you haven’t read ‘The Raiders’ and/or ‘The Dark o’ the Moon,’ ‘Silver Sand’ will make you want to – and if you have enjoyed them, you’ll be happy for one last chance to meet up with John Faa and find out how he became ‘Silver Sand.’ The fictional narrator Nathan Crogo describes this as ‘an old man’s folly’ but I for one am glad that Crockett dusted off Silver Sand one more time to give us another adventure in his beloved Galloway.