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London Calling

London Calling [Kindle Edition]

Tony Black
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A low-life drug-dealer has a sudden change of heart as he takes revenge on his cheating partner in London Calling, the title story of this collection of original short stories by Irvine Welsh's 'favourite British crime writer', Tony Black. See a loose-moralled lothario get his painful comeuppance in Pretty Boy and laugh at the antics of a pathetic patter-merchant in the anti-romance Jailbait Stalemate. You can also enjoy a short tour of the seedier side of Edinburgh with reluctant investigator Gus Dury in the original short-story version of Last Orders. These Scots-themed stories are collected here for the first time in a 10,000-word anthology. London Calling originally appeared in Esquire Magazine whilst the rest of the collection featured in the Best of British Crime, Requiems for the Departed, Protectors, and Crime Factory.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1498 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,216 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Par excellence 6 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Eight short stories from the dark prince of noir, all very different but all of high quality.

The opening story, London Calling, is a seedy tale. Local thug boss Jonny Lad wants another guys girlfriend so he sets him up with a prostitute. Don, a minor drug dealer, gets involved but decides to turn the tables in an attempt to get his girlfriend back. Short but funny.

In Hound of Culann, protagonist Gilmour agrees to collect a crate in return for £2000. But inside the crate is a trained, killer dog. Gilmour doesn't like the idea of such a dangerous dog being loose and takes matters into his own hands, for money of course. An example of the great writing:

"He was your typical 'Troubles are over, my arse' Ulsterman. Tats. Sovereign rings. A swagger you could dry clothes on and a number-one to the nut. They were ten a penny in the city now. Usually, I'd have sent him packing with a brick up his hole but the well used Webley in his waistband said he meant business."

Last Orders is the original short version of the recently published novella of the same name. Worth a read to spot the differences.

Pretty Boy follows Stauner who's cheated the gang boss out of money, but he finds out...

This Charming Tam is about as short as you can get...

Ten Bell's At Robbie's takes some concentration as it's written in the local accent. It's well done, a different take on Christmas family celebrations.

Jailbait Stalemate is an anti-romance, a guy spots a girl in a pub and decides to chat her up but there's a problem with his one-liner.

In The Gift of Family two relatives knock off a couple of bookies in perhaps my favourite of the lot.

All sharp stories, with similar themes. Gritty, taut, great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast of short crime stories 31 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This collection of short stories kept me gripped. Some are only a few pages long but the ideas are so well thought out they could have been expanded in to novellas or even full books. Many are morality tales but each offers a new slant on the world that will make you think.

As it is, good things come in small packages and I enjoyed each turn of the (Kindle!) page.

Tony Black's ear for dialogue and dialect sets him apart as the finest crime writer of the day. And if you don't believe me, Irvine Welsh (of Trainspotting fame) thinks the same!
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3.0 out of 5 stars collection of short stories 19 Oct 2013
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A collection of short stories. not bad for when you can't decide what else to read, you can put your feet up and enjoy a few different stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buzarre 17 Aug 2013
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Took a while to get into and confused me sometimes but made m laugh a lot too. If you are offended by swearing Thu book I nit for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars london Calling 29 April 2013
By Pedro
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I really liked this book. I like Tony Black books.
I sit and read the books instead of watching tv.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mean literary snacks! 14 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a collection of fast, brutal and mean short stories of which Tony Black is a true master!
Black conjures up a gritty world of crooks and crime with only few words whereas others fail to do that with entire books.
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