(born 1972 -) - Edinburgh
Tony Black was born in Newcastle in Australia and raised in Scotland and Ireland. he now lives and works in Edinburgh. A former Young Journalist of the Year who once reviewed night clubs for The Daily Record, he now writes for The Edinburgh Evening News and The Scotsman. A fan of crime writing, he is the editor of online magazine Pulp Pusher, and is a regular contributor to Thug Lit and Shots Magazine.
His début crime novel, Paying for It, is a hard-boiled expose of criminal gangs, people trafficking and alcoholism in Edinburgh; the sequel Gutted was launched in 2009. Black's third novel is Loss, and Long Time Dead was published in 2010.
When the gangland owner of a pit bull that killed a toddler is found gutted on Corstorphine Hill, Gus Dury is asked to investigate. He soon finds himself a pawn in the warring underworld of a divided city.
- Long Time Dead - - Paperback
While in hospital after a hit-and-run accident, Gus Dury's best friend, Hod, asks him to investigate the ritual hanging of an Edinburgh University student. The murder victim's mother is a high-profile actress, who has promised a big-money reward. Gus, desperate for money, goes undercover at the university to track down those responsible.
- Add to BasketLoss - - Hardback
Gus Dury is a changed man. He is off the Edinburgh streets & back with estranged wife, Debs. He has promised her that he won't get involved in any more dodgy cases. Above all, he's off the drink. Then his brother, Michael, is found dead with a bullet in his heart and Gus' life begins to unravel all over again.
- Murder Mile - - Paperback
In a cold, windswept field on the outskirts of Edinburgh lies the brutally mutilated body of a young woman. As DI Rob Brennan looks at the tangled mass of limbs and blood, he feels his heart freeze. Like Fiona Gow five years earlier, this girl has been strangled with her own stockings, sexually mutilated and her eyes have been gouged out.
- Add to BasketPaying For It - - Paperback
Gus Dury once had a high-flying career as a journalist and a wife he adored. But now he is living on the edge, a drink away from Edinburgh's down-and-outs, drifting from bar to bar, trying not to sign divorce papers. The road takes an unexpected turn when a friend asks him to investigate the brutal torture and killing of his son.
- Add to BasketThe Storm Without - - Paperback
Still recovering from the harrowing case that ended his police career, Doug Michie returns to his boyhood home of Ayr on Scotland's wind-scarred west coast. He hopes to rebuild his shattered life, but the years have changed the birthplace of the poet Robert Burns.
- Truth Lies Bleeding - - Paperback
Four teenagers find the mutilated corpse of a young girl stuffed into a dumpster in an Edinburgh alleyway. Who is she? Where did she come from? Who killed her and why? Inspector Rob Brennan is still shocked by the senseless shooting of his brother. The case of the dumpster girl looks perfect for getting him back on track.
More on BooksfromScotland.com
- Interview with Tony Black
- David Lewis interviews Tony Black about Gutted
- Tom Maxwell interviews Black about Loss
- Reading Guide: Scottish Crime Fiction
- Paying for It videos
Interviews by Tony Black:
- Tony Black's Website
- Pulp Pusher
- Feature on Black at the Edinburgh Evening News
- Dury shoots for the silver screen: Press & Journal