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Last Orders (a Gus Dury crime thriller)

Last Orders (a Gus Dury crime thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Tony Black
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The punk rocker of the Scottish crime scene. --Daily Record

Ripping, gutsy prose and a witty wreck of a protagonist makes this exceptionally compelling, bright and even original. --The Mirror

This up-and-coming crime writer isn't portraying the Edinburgh in the Visit Scotland tourism ads. --The Sun

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When he receives a mysterious letter on expensively embossed paper, reluctant investigator Gus Dury decides to take the case, if for no other reason than he needs the cash. But there's something about his well-heeled client, Callum Urquhart, that doesn't sit right with Dury.

Urquhart has travelled across the country to find his missing teenage daughter — who definitely doesn't want to be found. As Dury gets closer to locating Caroline, what he uncovers is a web of lies and deceit and some painful realisations that lead back to his own tangled past.

Last Orders is a 14,000 word novella, first published in the Edinburgh Evening News, from the author of the Random House UK Gus Dury series: Paying for It, Gutted, Loss, and Long Time Dead.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 197 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B62NTKO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Tony Black is the author of 12 books, most recently The Last Tiger. The Tasmanian-set novel tells the story of the demise of the Tasmanian tiger.

Whitbread-winning author Paul Sayer called the novel, "A rare and heartfelt fable".

Barry Graham, Winner of the American Library Association book of the year, said The Last Tiger is "Tony Black's most brilliant and resonant novel so far".

Tony Black has also written three crime fiction series, a number of crime novellas and a collection of short stories. His next crime title is Artefacts of the Dead.

For more information, and the latest news visit his website at: or his blog:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gritty Noir 26 Jan 2013
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In Last Orders Gus Drury, who's even more down and worn out than ever, makes a most welcome return. In this installment he's been engaged by Callum Urquhart, a minister, to find his 16 year old daughter. Although Gus has a bad feeling about the man he needs his money. Gus brings in two old friends to help - Fitz the Crime & nearly old flame, Amy. Gus, in his usual unusual way is soon on the girl's trail and finds out Urquhart hasn't been entirely straight with him...

For me the sign of a top-class writer is one who can tell a strong story with a minimum words and Tony Black does this yet again with Last Orders. The writing is by turn razor sharp, gritty and witty. The characters are very well drawn, the dialogue sparkles. Mr Black also creates a powerful sense of place in the Edinburgh back streets.

I particularly like Gus Drury whose past again resonates with the girl's situation. He's on death's door (again, I'm amazed & glad he's not buried yet) & he knows he could perhaps be much more than he is, but the great thing is Gus is comfortable with his lot in life. He doesn't struggle any more against fate, rather he embraces it.

Here's an example of the quality of writing:

"I'd flung my Crombie over the back of the couch the night before; as I retrieved it now I could see it was covered in all the dust and c*** that the hoover didn't reach. I needed a coat-brush. F*** it, I needed a hoover."

In previous reviews I've compared Tony's writing quality to that of Ian Rankin. I would do so again here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan of Black Noir! 7 Mar 2013
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I make no apologies for stating that I am a huge fan of Tony Black's work and, in particular, of the Gus Dury books. This was another great read. I can't help thinking that the Edinburgh Tourist people must be close to taking out a contract on Mr B's life given the honesty with which he portrays the city. To say that his hero has issues is an understatement. This is pwerful stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don;t give up the crime fiction 8 Oct 2013
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I read an interview that quoted Tony Black as saying after the publication of his recent novel that he wished he had not written his previous novels. I have not read his new book but Last Orders prove he still has a lot to offer the crime genre and hopefully he will realise this and give us some more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Character 31 July 2013
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I have now read two of these Gus Dury novellas and I have to say he is one of the least likely, and original, lead characters in crime fiction I've come across. Tony Black somehow manages to make this ex-journalist, turned PI and drunken loser, compelling and sympathetic.

In this tale, Dury's hired to find a Church of Scotland Minister's missing, teenage daughter; finding out some rather unpalatable truths on the way.

Black's prose is free-flowing and easy-to-read, gripping you and drawing you into the story with real skill. There's no fat on this but it's all the better for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ 10 Jun 2013
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A great read from start to finish. Love these crime books set in locations that are familiar to me. Have read all Tony Black's books and always look out for new books by this guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great outing for Gus Dury 12 May 2013
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Another cracking read, Gus Dury still going (somehow) and investigating the seamy side of Edinburgh with the help of the usual suspects
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gus is back 15 April 2013
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Another great short story featuring the grissly Gus Drury, a man you might not want to know but if the s*** ever hit the fan, a man you wished you did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Gus! 23 Feb 2013
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Grumpy Gus reluctantly takes a case from an arrogant toff. The sort of person Dury loathes. As cantankerous as ever, Gus is like a rock making ripples and waves as he tracks dawn the man's errant, pregnant daughter in his interminable, inimitable manner. Another gritty corker from Tony Black.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and gritty noir
If, like me you read up on Tony Black before reading his work you’ll see praise from Irvine Welsh and style comparisons to Ian Rankin. Read more
Published 5 months ago by IuchiAtesoro
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Orders by Tony Black
Terrific. Gus Dury is the freshest and most engaging protagonist to appear in crime fiction for years. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Sayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories and Gus Dury, whats not to love?
Thank you kindly to Mr Black and the publisher for the review copy.

An exciting anthology of crime fiction, featuring Edinburgh investigator Gus Dury. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Liz Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book with a great "witty wreck of a protagonist"
I love collecting books and I especially like Short Stories. So why has it taken me so long to find Tony Black? Just love this book and Gus Dury is my type of Hero. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arthur Sansam
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Orders
Was very happy when I received a signed review copy in the post last week :)
I had read the Robbie Silva R.I.P. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Crime Thrillers United
4.0 out of 5 stars gritty description of edinburgh
third of tony black books i have read,really enjoyed them and have passed them on to friends.looking forward to more from this author,but there is some sort of delay at the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by h black oban
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