Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Rob is back on the case ...

There is a worrying time in every writer's life: waiting for the jackets to come in. Well here is the latest one, left, and I think I can be pretty chuffed with Random House UK's effort. I can't say that's always been the case, but then I am shockingly hard to please. One effort featured a hoodie visiting a kebab shop in a high-rise and those in the know who saw that will get where I'm coming from right away ... still, my publishers saw sense and changed that and give and take is the name of the game, so fair play to them.

Right, MURDER MILE, you're itching for the run-down I can tell. Here goes:

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.

I can honestly say this was the most difficult novel I've ever written ... a man's reach etc, but there were times when I thought I'd taken on too much but determination and DI Rob Brennan's interesting path through the chaos got me there.

It's a bigger novel too, the biggest I've written ... 120K words-ish. Yes, I nearly choked when I saw that. Quite a lot more than the slim Dury ones.

Anyway, enough of me rabbiting along. Here's what some more qualified people had to say about Brennan's first outing TRUTH LIES BLEEDING ...

"In a departure from his brilliant Gus Dury series, Tony Black introduces a new character to the Edinburgh crime scene, DI Rob Brennan. Dury is the new star of Scottish noir, Brennan proves lightning can strike twice."
-The Daily Record

"Black renders his nicotine-stained domain in a hardboiled slang that fizzles with vicious verisimilitude."
- The Guardian

"Black has already delivered four fine novels to establish himself at the front of the Tartan Noir pack and this fifth sees him pushing the police procedural as far as it will go . . . a superior offering in an already crowded Scottish crime market."
- The Big Issue

"Brennan is beautifully sculpted out of hard rock, Black really excels with his depiction of Edinburgh’s low-life scum . . . an accomplished and impressive piece of Tartan Noir."
- The List

"Scottish noir at it's absolute and utter best, Truth Lies Bleeding is a rollercoaster of the personal and professional, dark and light, desperation and determination."
- Aust Crime

"This is an excellent police procedural novel and Rob Brennan is a thoroughly engaging and believable protagonist. The book takes a very dark and difficult topic and treats it with sensitivity and complete lack of sensationalism. Yet it's a thrilling, chilling enthralling read."
- The Big Beat from Badsville

"Truth Lies Bleeding is a brilliant read. Black has created a compelling character in Brennan but he's particularly good at showing the lives of people on the margins of Edinburgh society, the grimy underbelly of smack heads and low lives. Truth Lies Bleeding is another cracking slice of the dark side of life from Tony Black and proof that he's got plenty of tricks up his sleeve."
- Pulp Metal Magazine

"Tony Black has proved in his earlier books that he can write up a storm and in this book he also really nails the characterizations that make this impossible to put down."
- Crimespree

"Truth Lies Bleeding pins the reader to their chair with deft action, sharp characters and a harrowing plot. Well worth catching."
- Crime Time Preview

"It’s a great book. Shaprly written. Brilliantly plotted. Page-turning and thought-provoking at the same time. Highly recommended."
- Sea Minor

"Every flaw is stripped of shadow and every bad deed gets punished. If I read a better example of the police procedural this year I will be amazed."
- CrimeSquad

"Truth Lies Bleeding has lost none of the grit, nor the savage descriptive powers so characteristic of the earlier novels ... still conveys the harsh, bitter world of his Edinburgh setting extremely well."

"Tony Black is a very skilled writer who can depict the grim, darker aspects of life with realism and yet still be highly readable."
- EuroCrime

"Black’s narrative switching between the pursuer and his quarry work well, and his clearly conflicted relationship with Edinburgh adds to this story’s appeal."
- Kirkus Reviews

And if you're so inclined, here's the ever-talented Pete Martin's brilliant trailer for said tome:

MURDER MILE is released April 12, 2012