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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Other books by Tony Black

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

Last Orders

Last Orders

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2013

'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 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

Storm Without

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2012

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 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.

Long Time Dead

Long Time Dead

Author: Tony Black Format: Paperback 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.