"Black is the new noir."
-Allan Guthrie, author of Two-Way Split
''Tony Black is the Tom Waits of Crime fiction, yes, that good.''
-Ken Bruen, author of London Boulevard
"Tony Black is my favourite British crime writer."
-Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting
"Powerful, focused, and intense ... and then it gets better."
-Andrew Vachss, author of Hard Candy
"A first-class author whose place at the top table of British crime fiction is already most firmly assured."
-Paul Sayer, Whitbread-winning author
"Black writes about urban blight and the curse of alcohol like no other."
''If you're a fan of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and Irvine Welsh, this is most certainly one for you.''
''This up-and-coming crime writer isn't portraying the Edinburgh in the VisitScotland tourism ads.''
"As washed-up private detectives go, Gus Dury is compelling - he's as hard as any criminal and twice as self-destructive."
“Taut, with a heart-wrenchingly honest protagonist and impressive literary style, it is among the best of the new Tartan Noir.”
-The Daily Mail
“Irvine Welsh adores him, Ken Bruen can't praise him highly enough - Tony Black is the new Scottish noir king you need on your bookshelf.”
"Wrecked is my novel of the year."
"Striking, wildcard originality."
-Sydney Morning Herald
"An authentic yet unique voice, Tony Black shows why he is leading the pack in British crime fiction today."
-New York Journal of Books
"Tony Black is one of those excellent perpetrators of Scottish noir ... a compelling and convincing portrayer of raw emotions in a vicious milieu."
"Black renders his nicotine-stained domain in a hardboiled slang that fizzles with vicious verisimilitude."
''Ripping, gutsy prose and a witty wreck of a protagonist makes this another exceptionally compelling, bright and even original thriller.''
''Sitting somewhere between the raw grit of Welsh and the genius of Rankin.''
-The Daily Record
''Scottish crime noir is no slouch - think Mina, Gray, McDermid, Rankin, Meyrick or MacBride. Black's right up there.''
-The Press & Journal
"Black's visceral prose makes this a superior offering in a crowded market."
"An accomplished and impressive piece of tartan noir."
"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."