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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.

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Her Cold Eyes

Her Cold Eyes

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Abbie is missing. Her mother knows who's to blame. But nobody is listening.When the case falls to DCI Bob Valentine, he has no choice but to listen. Haunted by the girl's cold gaze and her mother's hurt, Valentine finds himself at the centre of the most harrowing investigation of his police career. As he uncovers a ring of ritualistic abuse that circles up to the highest echelons of a degraded, Satanic society, the detective wonders how the world can contain such evil. And then the bodies start to mount up. And the demons defenders appear. Has Valentine any hope of finding the missing, never mind the guilty?

Summoning the Dead

Summoning the Dead

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

We have a dead child, and a crime scene that has been remarkably well kept for us. A young child lies mummified in a barrel. His hands, cable-tied, appear to be locked in prayer. As forensic officers remove the boy they are in for an even bigger shock -- he is not alone. With his near-fatal stabbing almost a memory, DI Bob Valentine is settling back into life on the force but he knows nothing will ever be the same. Haunted by unearthly visions that appear like waking dreams, he soon understands he is being inducted into one of Scotland's darkest secrets. When the boy in the barrel is identified as a missing child from the 1980s, it re-opens a cold case that was previously thought unsolvable. When further remains are unearthed, the facts point to a paedophile ring and a political conspiracy that leads all the way to the most hallowed corridors of power.

His Father's Son

His Father's Son

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2014

Australia is the Lucky Country, and Joey Driscol knows it. It's a far cry from his native Ireland, but he believes this is the place he and his wife can make a new life and forget the troubles of the past. And for a time, they do just that. There's good life, a new house, regular work and, in time, they welcome their new son Marti into the world. But as the years pass, this new life thousands of miles from the Old Country comes under threat. Joey's wife has been struggling with demons of her own, their marriage is on the rocks and suddenly, Joey's wife disappears and takes Marti with her. Joey is beside himself, with no clues about where they are, with both his childhood sweetheart and his son - his pride and joy - now missing. Then, when Joey gets word that his wife and son have returned to Ireland, he knows that he'll now have to do the same if he ever wants to see his son again. And he also knows that he'll finally have to confront the ghosts of his past that he's been running from for years. His Father's Son is a touching and beautiful story of a family struggling to come to terms with their past, their present and an uncertain future.

The Inglorious Dead A Doug Michie Novel

The Inglorious Dead A Doug Michie Novel

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback 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

Truth Lies Bleeding: A DI Rob Brennan Novel

Truth Lies Bleeding: A DI Rob Brennan Novel

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

Four teenagers find the mutilated corpse of a young girl stuffed into a dumpster in an Edinburgh alleyway. Who is she? Where did she come from? Who killed her and why? Above all, where is the baby to which she has obviously recently given birth? Inspector Rob Brennan, recently back from psychiatric leave, is still shocked by the senseless shooting of his only brother. His superiors think that the case of the dumpster girl will be perfect to get him back on track. But Rob Brennan has enemies within the force, stacks of unfinished business and a nose for trouble. What he discovers about the murdered girl blows the case - and his life - wide open.TRUTH LIES BLEEDING is the first 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

His Father's Son

His Father's Son

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2013

Australia is the Lucky Country, and Joey Driscol knows it. It's a far cry from his native Ireland, but he believes this is the place he and his wife can make a new life and forget the troubles of the past. And for a time, they do just that. There's a good life, a new house, regular work and, in time, they welcome their new son Marti into the world. But as the years pass, this new life thousands of miles from the Old Country comes under threat. Joey's wife has been struggling with demons of her own, their marriage is on the rocks and suddenly, Joey's wife disappears and takes Marti with her. Joey is beside himself, with no clues about where they are, with both his childhood sweetheart and his son - his pride and joy - now missing. Then, when Joey gets word that his wife and son have returned to Ireland, he knows that he'll now have to do the same if he ever wants to see his son again. And he also knows that he'll finally have to confront the ghosts of his past that he's been running from for years. His Father's Son is a touching and beautiful story of a family struggling to come to terms with their past, their present and an uncertain future.

Last Orders

Last Orders

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2013

'Last Orders' is an exciting and thrilling anthology of original short crime fiction by the up-and-coming and critically acclaimed crime writer Tony Black - Irvine Welsh's favourite british crime writer. Features the return of Edinburgh's reluctant investigator Gus Dury in 'Last Orders' and 'Long Way Down'. When he receives a mysterious letter on expensive paper, reluctant investigator Gus Dury decides to take the case, if for no other reason than he needs the cash. But there's something about his well-heeled client that doesn't sit right with Dury in 'Last Orders'. Meanwhile a low-life drug-dealer has a sudden change of heart as he takes revenge on his cheating partner in 'London Calling'. Find out how a victim of high school date rape takes the ultimate revenge and explore the grisly aftermath of a bank job with a crew who suspects one of their number has tipped off the police. And follow a performance-enhanced bodybuilder who loses control with bloody consequences in this collection of original novellas and short stories by Irvine Welsh's 'favourite British crime writer', Tony Black.

Murder Mile

Murder Mile

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

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.

Storm Without A Doug Michie Novel

Storm Without A Doug Michie Novel

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2012

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 his old school-day flame Lyn, however, 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 web of corrupt politicians, frightened journalists and a police force in cahoots with criminals. Only Burns' philosophical musings offer Doug some shelter as he wanders the streets of Auld Ayr battling The Storm Without.

Truth Lies Bleeding

Truth Lies Bleeding

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

Four teenagers find the mutilated corpse of a young girl stuffed into a dumpster in an Edinburgh alleyway. Who is she? Where did she come from? Who killed her and why? Above all, where is the baby to which she has obviously recently given birth? Inspector Rob Brennan, recently back from psychiatric leave, is still shocked by the senseless shooting of his only brother. His superiors think that the case of the dumpster girl will be perfect to get him back on track. But Rob Brennan has enemies within the force, stacks of unfinished business and a nose for trouble. What he discovers about the murdered girl blows the case - and his life - wide open.

Truth Lies Bleeding

Truth Lies Bleeding

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Four teenagers find the mutilated corpse of a young girl stuffed into a dumpster in an Edinburgh alleyway. Who is she? Where did she come from? Who killed her and why? Above all, where is the baby to which she has obviously recently given birth? Inspector Rob Brennan, recently back from psychiatric leave, is still shocked by the senseless shooting of his only brother. His superiors think that the case of the dumpster girl will be perfect to get him back on track. But Rob Brennan has enemies within the force, stacks of unfinished business and a nose for trouble. What he discovers about the murdered girl blows the case - and his life - wide open.

Long Time Dead

Long Time Dead

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Gus Dury is back on the drink. While in hospital after a hit-and-run accident, his best friend, Hod, asks him to investigate the ritual, on-campus hanging of an Edinburgh University student. The murder victim's mother is a high-profile actress, who has promised a big-money reward. Gus, desperate for money, goes undercover at the university, taking a janitor's job, and soon uncovers a similar ritualistic hanging which took place in the 70s. Few of the students are prepared to talk about it - until another one of their group turns up dead by the same method. But Gus now moves into very dangerous waters as he begins to discover what and who is really behind it all - and he becomes the next target for the executioner.

Gutted

Gutted

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Paying For It

Paying For It

Author: Tony Black Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2008

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.