Tuesday, 4 September 2012

MURDER MILE - paperback launch

It's been a year of book launches for me - losing track of how many now - but it doesn't help when you've already launched one and then have to do it all over again because it's out in paperback! Am I complaining? Well, no more than usual ...

MURDER MILE is DI Rob Brennan's second outing. For those of you not already familiar with his first appearance in TRUTH LIES BLEEDING then what can I say about the man? He's a bit surly, he's a west-coast Scot (like myself) and living on the opposite coast, in Edinburgh. He's haunted by the death of his only brother, something he feels he could have prevented, and in MURDER MILE, he's tracking a serial killer.

As it says on the tin ... 

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.

The reviews have been very kind, especially Marcel Berlins in The Times who seems to have Rob earmarked for higher things: 

"Tony Black's Edinburgh makes Ian Rankin's version seem sedate, polite and carefree … DI Rob Brennan, in his second outing, makes a strong case to assume the mantle of Edinburgh's leading fictional detective, vacant since the retirement of Rebus … he's immensely well drawn, and Black's dialogue and atmosphere crackle with authenticity."
- The Times

"This up-and-coming crime writer isn't portraying the Edinburgh in the Visit Scotland tourism ads ... a convincing portrayal of Edinburgh low-life and police rivalries."
- The Sun

"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. DI Rob Brennan is my new star on the capital's murder mile. And you can't help but think Rebus would approve."
- Daily Record

Right, that's my little MURDER MILE round-up over; if you'd like to read a bit more you could pop along to the Press & Journal where I did a little interview about said tome and one or two other things. Or, you could check out the Edinburgh Evening News for an extract and another interview.

If you're in Edinburgh on Thursday, Sept 6, then pop along to Waterstones in Princes Street for the launch of MURDER MILE with one or two familiar faces. It's a free event, and The List has more details.

:: MURDER MILE is available in paperback from Arrow, Random House.