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Paying for It

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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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Paying for It by Tony Black

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.

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‘A fine debut. Black is the new noir.’ Allan Guthrie

‘Tony Black’s first novel hits the ground running, combining a sympathetic ear for the surreal dialogue of the dispossessed with a portrait of the belly of a city painted in the blackest of humour.’ Cathi Unsworth, Guardian

‘I was captivated by Black’s command of language, his sense of pace and the narrative striated with humour pulled right off the gallows. Black’s debut is a superb effort, and one for those who are lamenting the passing of Rebus and his Edinburgh. Perhaps Dury’s Edinburgh is as interesting, if not more than Rebus’.’ Ali Karim

‘Black has managed in his first book to show a maturity in his writing that some authors chase for years. I’d put him up there with Rankin and Kernick and Billingham with just this first novel. I can’t wait for more.’ Crimespree

A debut that rises from the gutter and the bottom of the glass with bravura. Crime and alcohol will never be the same again.’ Maxim Jakubowski

About the Author

Tony Black

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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4th June 2009


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