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Tony Black - Author

About the Author

Tony Black is the author of twelve previous novels, including Artefacts of the Dead and His Father's Son. An award-winning journalist, he was born in Australia and grew up in Scotland and Ireland. Tony has been described by Irvine Welsh as his 'favourite British crime writer'. Tony was shortlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize in 2014 and has been nominated for the Crime Writers Association Dagger six times.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on Tony Black...

Tony Black's third novel LOSS is another bleak investigation for his poignant Edinburgh washed up journalist turned involuntary private investigator Gus Dury. Black writes about urban blight and the curse of alcohol like no other, but his down at heel tales are also full of everyday humour. Harrowing but indispensable.

Featured books by Tony Black

A Taste of Ashes

A Taste of Ashes

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2015

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Prolific Scottish writer Black has made a strong impact with his gritty Gus Dury series but his second novel featuring Ayr cop DI Bob Valentine proves his versatility in all matters noir following the introduction of the mentally fragile character in ARTEFACTS OF THE DEAD last year in which Valentine narrowly escaped death. Now back on duty, he is called to investigate a horrific murder of a woman found on a kitchen table and the disappearance of her partner and daughter. Valentine delves nervously into the family's past because of its similarities to his own life and has to negotiate the narrow path between sanity and madness as secrets from the past rise to the surface and the bodies multiply. An unrelenting and disturbing slice of realistic crime fiction that unfolds with solemn inevitability and a character to embrace. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Artefacts of the Dead

Artefacts of the Dead

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2014

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Although born in Australia, Tony Black was brought up in Scotland and his voice resounds powerful and authentic. D.I. Bob Valentine, a particularly troubled species of cop, is back on the force after an enforced break following a near-fatal stabbing and is now struggling with both authority and his own post traumatic stress. The body of a banker is found with a spike running through him and the shock waves resonate along the sleepy costal town of Ayr and the case falls into Valentine's hesitant hands. The plot and the writing are slick and assured and unfold like dark clockwork. Black is the veteran of two previous series, respectively featuring D.I. Ron Brennan, and private eye Gus Dury. Valentine is a welcome addition to his palette of troubled but fascinating sleuths.

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Loss

Loss

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2010

  Like Dashiell Hammett; read Tony Black. Hammett back in the 1930s brought a darkness and suitably complex characters to crime and mystery books, where Sam Spade’s or the Continental Op’s personalities and emotional heritage was as important as the plots they became involved in. Tony Black’s Gus Dury is an Edinburgh journalist whose life has been destroyed and, through involuntary crime investigations, is being rebuilt piece by piece. Both authors reflect the despair brought along by corruption and alcohol and poignantly evoke real life’s reality.Recommended:Dashiell Hammett - RED HARVEST. An insidious web of corruption envelopes a whole city. Has never been filmed despite a slew of projects, but think CHINATOWN or the Coen Bros’ MILLER’S CROSSING, which were strongly inspired by Hammett’s book.Tony Black - LOSS. Gus Dury is trying to patch up his broken marriage, but sinister undercurrents surrounding him and the rotten state of the city all conspire against his likely success. But he keeps on fighting, despite his many weaknesses.

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Paying for It

Paying for It

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2009

Edinburgh lowlife, crime, drugs and people trafficking but this is no Rebus replacement.  This is tough, bad and highly dangerous, very violent, very cruel and very compulsive.  It features a tortured ex-journalist, Gus Dury, who is expected to star in many more books. Comparison: Ken Bruen, David Peace, Martyn Waites.

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Gutted

Gutted

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2010

When the gangland owner of a pit bull that killed a three-year-old girl is found gutted on an Edinburgh hill Gus Dury is asked to investigate, and soon finds himself up to his neck in the warring underworld of the city's sink estates. Amidst illegal dog fights, a missing fifty grand and a police force and judiciary desperate to cover their links to a brutal killing, Gus must work fast to root out the truth, whilst the case sinks its teeth ever deeper into him.

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Other books by Tony Black

His Father's Son

His Father's Son

Author: Tony Black Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

His Father's Son by Tony Black

His Father's Son

His Father's Son

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/05/2021

His Father's Son by Tony Black

The Last Tiger

The Last Tiger

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/05/2021

The Last Tiger by Tony Black

His Father's Son

His Father's Son

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2021

His Father's Son by Tony Black

His Father's Son

His Father's Son

Author: Tony Black Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2021

His Father's Son by Tony Black

The Last Tiger

The Last Tiger

Author: Tony Black Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2021

The Last Tiger by Tony Black

The Last Tiger

The Last Tiger

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/2021

The Last Tiger by Tony Black

The Last Tiger

The Last Tiger

Author: Tony Black Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2021

The Last Tiger by Tony Black

Paying For It

Paying For It

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/05/2020

Paying For It by Tony Black

Wrecked

Wrecked

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2019

Wrecked by Tony Black

Inglorious Dead

Inglorious Dead

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2014

This is the new Doug Michie crime novel by Tony Black, the acclaimed Scottish writer. Full of intrigue, lies, secrets, and illicit sexual encounters, this is a must-read for all fans of crime noir. Doug Michie is still holed up in Burns Country, trying to lick his wounds after the death of his mother and the disaster of his last case, when he finds himself something of a local celebrity in Ayrshire. His name, it seems, is now synonymous with the eradication of corruption - but, living up to the expectations of others has never been a strong point of his. After selling off the family home, he finds himself looking for something to fill his long days. What he finds is the case of a murdered member of the Orange Order, who could have been a poster-boy for the sectarian bigotry he despises so much. His sense of justice is alerted when he hears the facts of the case and he feels compelled to dig deeper. Uncovering a victim whose lifestyle was anything but wholesome, and with potential killers mounting up by the minute, Doug feels he has taken on an unsolvable case. Knowing the territory, and calling in old favours from contacts in the north of Ireland, Doug endeavours to root out the true reasons behind the Ayrshire killing, and finds a wider conspiracy than he ever imagined possible. If you love hard boiled crime you'll love this book.

RIP Robbie Silva: A Novella

RIP Robbie Silva: A Novella

Author: Tony Black Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/12/2013

A hard-hitting 25,000-word noir thriller in the tradition of Jim Thompson and James M Cain, R.I.P Robbie Silva is the latest work from Tony Black, Irvine Welsh's favourite British crime writer.The story...Jed Collins, fresh from jail, is struggling to go straight when he hooks up with wild child Gail. Before long Jed is back to blagging with Gail in tow. But Jed has a past, and Gail has a secret about her gangster father that she wants to keep under wraps. One week in the Scottish capital for Jed and Gail turns into a bloody rollercoaster ride that leads straight to Hell.Praise for The Storm Without"e;This is an elegiac noir for the memory of a place, delivered in a prose as bleakly beautiful as the setting."e; - The Guardian"e;This is the Great Scottish Novel, got it all and just a wee shade more... Classic."e; - Ken Bruen, author of Headstone"e;Highly entertaining, fast paced and tightly, almost sparingly, written."e; - Undiscovered Scotland"e;another masterclass in Tartan Noir"e; - Daily Record"e;a thrilling piece of crime writing"e; - Scottish Field"e;cracking stuff"e;- You Would Say That, Wouldn't You?Praise for Tony Black..."e;Black's dialogue and atmosphere crackle with authenticity."e; - The Times"e;If you're a fan of Rankin, Mina or Welsh this is most certainly one for you."e; - The Scotsman"e;Tony Black's first novel hits the ground running, combining a sympathetic ear for the surreal dialogue of the dispossessed with a portrait of a city painted in the blackest humour."e; - The Guardian"e;The enigmatic Dury continues to be the punk rocker of the Scottish crime scene -- anarchic, rebellious and never afraid to shove his Doc Martens where they're not wanted."e; - Daily Record"e;Tony Black is my favourite British crime writer and Gus Dury the genre's most interesting protagonist. Like his previous books, Loss has the power, style and street swagger that makes most of his contemporaries a little bland by comparison."e; - Irvine Welsh

Storm Without: A Doug Michie Novel

Storm Without: A Doug Michie Novel

Author: Tony Black Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/12/2013

Still recovering from the harrowing case that ended his police career, Doug Michie returns to his boyhood home of Ayr on Scotland's wind-scarred west coast. He hopes to rebuild his shattered life, get over the recent failure of his marriage and shed his demons, but the years have changed the birthplace of the poet Robert Burns.When Doug meets an old school-days flame, Lyn, he feels his past may offer the salvation of a future. But Lyn's son has been accused of murder and she begs Doug to find the truth.Soon Doug is tangled in a complicated crimeweb of corrupt politicians, frightened journalists and a police force in cahoots with criminals. As he uncovers illicit smuggling activities at the town's port and falls firmly on the wrong side of eastern European ganglords, the problems he left behind in Ulster are now the least of his worries. Only Burns' philosophical musings offer Doug some shelter as he wanders the streets of Auld Ayr battling The Storm Without.THE STORM WITHOUT is a 44,000-word novel, first serialised in the Ayrshire Post. "e;This is the Great Scottish Novel, got it all and just a wee shade more ... Classic."e;-Ken Bruen, author of HEADSTONE"e;highly entertaining, fast paced and tightly, almost sparingly, written"e;-Undiscovered Scotland"e;a thrilling piece of crime writing"e;-Scottish Field"e;cracking stuff"e;-You Would Say That, Wouldn't You?Praise for Tony Black"e;Black's dialogue and atmosphere crackle with authenticity."e;-The Times"e;If you're a fan of Rankin, Mina or Welsh this is most certainly one for you."e; -The Scotsman"e;Tony Black's first novel hits the ground running, combining a sympathetic ear for the surreal dialogue of the dispossessed with a portrait of a city painted in the blackest humour."e; -The Guardian"e;The enigmatic Dury continues to be the punk rocker of the Scottish crime scene - anarchic, rebellious and never afraid to shove his Doc Martens where they're not wanted."e;-Daily Record "e;Tony Black is my favourite British crime writer and Gus Dury the genre's most interesting protagonist. Like his previous books, LOSS has the power, style and street swagger that makes most of his contemporaries a little bland by comparison."e; -Irvine Welsh

Paying For It: A Gus Dury Novel

Paying For It: A Gus Dury Novel

Author: Tony Black Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/12/2013

Gus Dury once had a high-flying career as a journalist and a wife he adored. But now he is living on the edge, a drink away from Edinburgh's down-and-outs, drifting from bar to bar, trying not to sign divorce papers. But the road takes an unexpected turn when a friend asks him to investigate the brutal torture and killing of his son, and Gus becomes embroiled in a much bigger story of political corruption and illegal people-trafficking. Seedy doss-houses, bleak wastelands and sudden violence contrast with the cobbled streets and cool bistros of fashionable Edinburgh, as the puzzle unravels to a truly shocking ending.PAYING FOR IT is the first book in the Gus Dury series.CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR TONY BLACK"e;a compelling and convincing portrayer of raw emotions in a vicious milieu"e;The Times"e;if you're a fan of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina or Irvine Welsh, this is most certainly one for you"e;The Scotsman"e;Black renders his nocotine-stained domain in a hardboiled slang that fizzles with vicious verisimilitude"e;The Guardian"e;Ripping, gutsy prose and a witty wreck of a protagonist makes this another exceptionally compelling, bright and even original thriller"e;The Mirror"e;Comparisons with Rebus will be obvious. But that would be too easy... Black has put his defiant, kick-ass stamp on his leading man, creating a character that deftly carries the story through every razor-sharp twist and harrowing turn."e;Daily Record"e;An authentic yet unique voice, Tony Black shows why he is leading the pack in British crime fiction today. Atmospherically driven, the taut and sparse prose is as near to the bone as you are ever likely to encounter in crime noir. Powerful."e;New York Journal of Books"e;With comparisons to the like of Irvine Welsh and William McIlvanney echoing in his ears, Tony Black has become a top-class author in his own right."e;3AM Magazine"e;Sharp pacing and with a wonderful narrative, Black delivers a book that can't be put down and will stick with you after reading. If this were Nascar, Black would be holding a lot of checkered flags."e;Crimespree

Gutted: A Gus Dury Novel

Gutted: A Gus Dury Novel

Author: Tony Black Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/12/2013

When the gangland owner of a pit bull that killed a three-year-old girl is found gutted on an Edinburgh hill, Gus Dury is asked to investigate, only to find himself up to his neck in the warring underworld of the city's sink estates. Amidst illegal dog fights, a missing fifty grand and a police force and judiciary desperate to cover their links to a brutal killing, Gus must work fast to root out the truth, whilst the case sinks its teeth ever deeper into him.GUTTED is the second book in the Gus Dury series.CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR TONY BLACK"e;a compelling and convincing portrayer of raw emotions in a vicious milieu"e;The Times"e;if you're a fan of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina or Irvine Welsh, this is most certainly one for you"e;The Scotsman"e;Black renders his nocotine-stained domain in a hardboiled slang that fizzles with vicious verisimilitude"e;The Guardian"e;Ripping, gutsy prose and a witty wreck of a protagonist makes this another exceptionally compelling, bright and even original thriller"e;The Mirror"e;Comparisons with Rebus will be obvious. But that would be too easy... Black has put his defiant, kick-ass stamp on his leading man, creating a character that deftly carries the story through every razor-sharp twist and harrowing turn."e;Daily Record"e;An authentic yet unique voice, Tony Black shows why he is leading the pack in British crime fiction today. Atmospherically driven, the taut and sparse prose is as near to the bone as you are ever likely to encounter in crime noir. Powerful."e;New York Journal of Books"e;With comparisons to the like of Irvine Welsh and William McIlvanney echoing in his ears, Tony Black has become a top-class author in his own right."e;3AM Magazine"e;Sharp pacing and with a wonderful narrative, Black delivers a book that can't be put down and will stick with you after reading. If this were Nascar, Black would be holding a lot of checkered flags."e;Crimespree

Murder Mile: A DI Rob Brennan Novel

Murder Mile: A DI Rob Brennan Novel

Author: Tony Black Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/12/2013

In a cold, windswept field on the outskirts of Edinburgh, lies the brutally mutilated body of a young woman. As DI Rob Brennan looks at the tangled mass of limbs and blood, he feels his heart freeze.Like Fiona Gow five years earlier, this girl has been strangled with her own stockings, sexually mutilated and her eyes have been gouged out. Is this the work of an Edinburgh Ripper? The press certainly think so.Rob Brennan is determined to uncover the truth - however painful that might be. But truth is hard to come by in a world of police rivalries, media hysteria and copycat crime.MURDER MILE is the second book in the DI Rob Brennan series.CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR TONY BLACK"e;a compelling and convincing portrayer of raw emotions in a vicious milieu"e;The Times"e;if you're a fan of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina or Irvine Welsh, this is most certainly one for you"e;The Scotsman"e;Black renders his nocotine-stained domain in a hardboiled slang that fizzles with vicious verisimilitude"e;The Guardian"e;Ripping, gutsy prose and a witty wreck of a protagonist makes this another exceptionally compelling, bright and even original thriller"e;The Mirror"e;Comparisons with Rebus will be obvious. But that would be too easy... Black has put his defiant, kick-ass stamp on his leading man, creating a character that deftly carries the story through every razor-sharp twist and harrowing turn."e;Daily Record"e;An authentic yet unique voice, Tony Black shows why he is leading the pack in British crime fiction today. Atmospherically driven, the taut and sparse prose is as near to the bone as you are ever likely to encounter in crime noir. Powerful."e;New York Journal of Books"e;With comparisons to the like of Irvine Welsh and William McIlvanney echoing in his ears, Tony Black has become a top-class author in his own right."e;3AM Magazine"e;Sharp pacing and with a wonderful narrative, Black delivers a book that can't be put down and will stick with you after reading. If this were Nascar, Black would be holding a lot of checkered flags."e;Crimespree