The festival, which will be held in Stirling, is set to attract some of the world's most popular crimes writers, with highlights including appearances by Christopher Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Val McDermid, Stuart McBride and Jack Reacher author Lee Child. So, to get you in the mood for a weekend of twists, turns, deductions and foul play, here are 10 songs about crime.
The Theme from Shaft
This track from the cult 1971 film about John Shaft, a private eye who's hired by a crime lord to find his kidnapped daughter, reached number 1 in the US and won an Oscar for Best Original Song.
I Fought the Law
Written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets in 1958, this song is about a man who goes to jail after a robbery spree. The Clash's 1979 cover got them noticed in America but it was not released as a single in the UK until 1988.
God Knows I'm Good
Taken from his 1969 self-titled album, the track, according to Bowie's friend George Underwood, is an observational tale 'on a story, not specifically about his mother, but a Bromley woman caught shoplifting'.
Shoplifters of the World Unite
Alluding to the Communist slogan 'Workers of the World Unite!', Morrissey says the track's about 'spiritual shoplifting, cultural shoplifting, taking things and using them to your own advantage'.
Miss Otis Regrets (she's unable to lunch today)
This 1934 Cole Porter song tells the tale of a society lady who is arrested, jailed and lynched for hunting down and shooting her seducer. It was originally written for Ada 'Bricktop' Smith.
Taken from the band's 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon, this track is about the bad things that money can bring. It was the only track from the album to enter the top 20 in the US Billboard chart.
Somewhere They Can't Find Me
Simon and Garfunkel
This track about someone holding up a liquor store is a reworking of the duo's earlier song Wednesday Morning 3am. It's taken from their second album Sounds of Silence, released in 1966.
I'm your Villain
This song is taken from the band's 2005 album You Could Have it so Much Better. The album reached number eight in the US, earning gold status, and became the band's first UK number one.
Breaking the Law
Taken from their 1980 album British Steel, the track is about someone who starts breaking the law after getting bored with life. Its accompanying video featuring the band as bank robbers has become a cult classic.
Bonnie and Clyde
Written by Serge Gainsbourg, this track tells the story of the outlaw couple. It is based on a poem written by Bonnie Parker a few weeks before she and Clyde Barrow were shot in 1934.