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"Black is a master of mood and shares with Ian Rankin the ability to bring secondary characters, even odious ones, to multifaceted life."



"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 delivers a story with a hard edge and fast moving action ... he yet agaian produces a story that never lets up and delivers a superb book that you just can't put down."



"Wrecked is my novel of the year."

-Ken Bruen, author of The Guards


"Tony Black is my favourite British crime writer and Gus Dury is the genre's most interesting protagonist ... the power, style and street swagger that makes most of his contemporaries a little bland by comparison."

-Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting


"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."



"This is modern crime fiction at its most brutal, its most affecting, its most honest and its most intelligent."

-Russel D. McLean, author of Do Some Damage


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