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"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."

-Maxim Jakubowski


''If you're a fan of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and Irvine Welsh, this is most certainly one for you.''  

-The Scotsman


''This up-and-coming crime writer isn't portraying the Edinburgh in the VisitScotland tourism ads.''  

-The Sun


"As washed-up private detectives go, Gus Dury is compelling - he's as hard as any criminal and twice as self-destructive."

-Evening Standard


“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.”

-Shortlist Magazine


"Tony Black is my favourite British crime writer."

-Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting


"Wrecked is my novel of the year."

-Ken Bruen


"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."

-The Times


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

-The Guardian


''Ripping, gutsy prose and a witty wreck of a protagonist makes this another exceptionally compelling, bright and even original thriller.''  

-The Mirror


"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 


''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."

-Big Issue


"An accomplished and impressive piece of tartan noir."

-The List


"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."



"Taut, with a heart-wrenchingly honest protagonist and impressive literary style, it is among the best of the new Tartan Noir."