Wednesday, 18 December 2013

"Tony Black makes Irvine Welsh look benign"

Every once in a while a review comes along which totally blows me away, when it's from Paul Sayer - the Whitbread-winning novelist - I'm pretty much struck dumb.

As a huge fan of the man's work from The Comforts of Madness to the excellent crime tale, The God Child, it's impossible not to be chuffed to bits.

So, what did Mr Sayer, say ...

"Terrific. Gus Dury is the freshest and most engaging protagonist to appear in crime fiction for years. Near musically foul-mouthed, and with the painful honesty of Philip Marlowe, Gus also has a view of the Scottish political and social landscape that strikes more chords with readers from south of the border than he could possibly imagine. A high-class read from a first-class author whose place at the top table of British crime fiction is already most firmly assured."
Whitbread-Prize winner: Paul Sayer

It was a five-star review the author kindly posted on Amazon for Last Orders (now available in paperback) and you can check the review here.

It's been a week of very nice reviews with The Scottish Review of Books also weighing in on the same collection. Just a snippet this time ...

"The characters in these short stories, in which the private detective Gus Dury figures prominently, make Trainspotting look like an afternoon tea party in Morningside ... None of this makes for easy reading, and I would guess that it is not the intention of the author that it should do so. It seems to me that he wants to explore and to expose the sheer unpleasantness of patriarchal society, and what the need to be macho does to men."

You can read the whole review ... here.

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