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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.
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
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.
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.
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. Gus Dury series: 1. Paying for It2. Gutted3. Loss
Following on from the gritty Paying For It there is no let up on the bleak and violent world that Gus Dury finds himself pulled in to. With very black humour and relentless pace this a series that looks like it’s going to move from strength to strength and we will be watching with eager excitement.
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.
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.
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.