Friday, 1 February 2019

WARNING: bad words included

WARNING: Free swearing too.

It's FREE book time at Pusher Towers. 

Go grab yourself a copy of R.I.P ROBBIE SILVA for nowt down at Amazon this weekend. 

This was a fun yarn to write - I put it to bed over the course of a month or so in Melbourne a few years back. 

It's a short, leery novella about an ex-con (Jed Collins) who just can't seem to get his shit together. When he meets wild child Gail, he doesn't realise how much trouble he's getting in to. One mad caper later and he's offered a job by city villain Robbie Silva, who just happens to be Gail's father. It might be the big payday Jed has dreamed of, but his gut tells him to run a mile.

R.I.P ROBBIE SILVA is also one of my most Marmite creations - you either love it or have it. My original editor Al Guthrie loved it and that's good enough for me. But, going by the reviews on Amazon some readers had trouble with the language.

This is the most common complaint I hear - sweary language. I'm not alone in this. I once attended an event where one of these (Boomers/ church ladies ... insert your own description here) presented a copy of an author's book with the swear words circled in red pen and asked for an explanation.

I shit you not! That happened. Later, I asked the legendary William McIlvanney how he would have handled the situation and he replied: "I'd have told her to fuck off."    

I'm sure the Godfather of Tartan Noir would have been too much of a gentleman to word his reply quite like that, but there you go, sweary language picks up reviews like this:

One of the very few books I have been unable to finish reading, relies on bad language and ridiculous rhyming slang, even tho the chief character claims to hate Londoners. Strongly suspect I will feel the same way about the other two books I already purchased by this author

-AMAZON one-star review. 
And in the interest of balance, or something:

Tony Black's novella is set in the parts of Edinburgh your average tourist doesn't see. Add in some crackling dialogue - much of it littered with Edinburgh slang - and you've a dark, menacing crime story with touches of real humour. This is a great story from one of the finest crime writers of today. 

-AMAZON five-star review

:: R.I.P ROBBIE SILVA is free on Amazon this weekend, Saturday, Feb 2, and Sunday, Feb 3.