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Paying For It

by Tony Black

Paying For It Synopsis

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 Press Reviews

Paying For It might just be the most aptly titled novel of the year. Rarely has a title worked on so many levels ... the narrative blasts off the page like a triple malt ... This is one adrenalin-pumped novel, as moving and compassionate as it is stylishly written -- Ken Bruen, author of 'The Guards' novels 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 * The Guardian * Assuming (and hoping) that this is the first of many featuring the tortured Gus Dury, we've NEVER seen a series character so richly and honestly drawn from the get-go. The emotional punches connect solidly in Paying For It, as the pains of being a father and the pains of being a son are laid bare. The debut of the year. * * Of all the new writers emerging this year, he is the one to watch * Martyn Waites, author of the Joe Donovan series *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848090200
Publication date: 17th July 2008
Author: Tony Black
Publisher: Preface Publishing an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Tony Black

Tony Black lives in Edinburgh. An award-winning journalist, he has written for most of the UK national newspapers. He is currently writing his second Gus Dury novel, GUTTED.

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