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Murder Mile (Di Rob Brennan Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Tony Black
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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. Is this the work of an Edinburgh Ripper? The press certainly think so.

Rob Brennan is determined to uncover the truth - however painful that might be. But truth is hard to come by in a world of police rivalries, media hysteria and copycat crime.

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"Tony Black’s Edinburgh makes Ian Rankin’s version of the city seem sedate, polite and carefree … makes a strong case to assume the mantle of Edinburgh’s leading fictional detective, vacant since the retirement of Rankin’s Rebus" (Marcel Berlins, The Times)

"Comparisons with Rebus will be obvious. But that would be too easy ... Black has put his defiant, kick-ass stamp on his leading man, creating a character that deftly carries the story through every razor-sharp twist and harrowing turn. DI Rob Brennan is my new star on the capital's murder mile. And you can't help but think Rebus would approve" (Daily Record)

"Murder Mile is the second outing for DI Rob Brennan, a complex and brooding character who makes Rebus look positively chipper by comparison ... With Murder Mile Tony Black has put the heart back into the serial killer novel. It’s dark, yes, and deeply unpleasant in places, as it should be, but he hasn’t played to shock and there’s a refreshing lack of cheap gore. Rob Brennan is the perfect guide to follow through the criminal underworld, a bundle of rage and righteousness, and after reading Murder Mile the next fictional DI you come across will have a lot to live up to" (Crime Fiction Lover)

"A convincing portrayal" (Sun)

"Brennan’s Edinburgh roils and seethes with violence" (Metro)

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Tony Black moves away from the noir of his Gus Dury novels with his second terrific police procedural featuring Detective Inspector Rob Brennan

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 809 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099568837
  • Publisher: Preface Digital (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099568837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099568834
  • ASIN: B007Q27X4G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,801 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Black 12 April 2012
Last year I had the pleasure of being introduced to DI Rob Brennan, the new kid on the block for Scottish police fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him and was left looking forward to the next time we'd meet.
I bumped into Rob again earlier this week in the new book Murder Mile.

He looked well, at least in the circumstances. Tough, dogged, passionate about the job and not about to suck up to anybody for any reason is how I found him - no change there.

He's working another case. That of a psychopath in Edinburgh. A real nutter who delights in mutilation of young women.

Kicked out of the house by his wife, missing his daughter and having had to break the news of a new death to a young woman's parents might be things he takes in his stride, but I think I know him well enough to see him buckling under the pressure no matter how philosophical he tries to be.

And hell, I don't envy the office politics in his place; I thought my school was bad, but it has nothing on the police station, not even close. Seems the economic crisis is hitting the boys in blue as much as everyone else.

So I told him, get the best you can to do the job, the bean-counters can go and play with their chick peas while you set about solving the case.

Now I happen to know that there's a pimping ex-con with only the one prostitute in his team, and she's past her sell-by-date even though she's only a young-un. Drugs, you see. They'll do that to some people. Anyway, this guy has some information on the killer and is thinking about earning a little money to pay off a loan-shark - which means he has to be pretty desperate if you ask me.

I'd tell the DI, but I know he likes to work these things out for himself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black's Noir. 1 July 2012
First, big confession. Apologies to Mister Black, but I hadn't heard of his books here in New York until seeing Murder Mile getting a cracking recommendation by Irish crime writer, Sam Millar. After only two pages in, I knew I was in for a treat. The story of murder could easily have been your usual mundane tale: late night drinkers happen upon a horrifically mutilated corpse of a young girl. The murder resembles a case from five years before. In comes the detective, etc, case solved. Thankfully, there is nothing mundane about the story weaved by Mister Black or his terrific writing. His main character, DI Rob Brennan, is a man not to be messed with. The type of person you would like to have covering your back in time of trouble. The book is an extremely quick read, but will have you going back, as the beauty of Mister Black's words come back to you, long after the book is put down. Highly recommended for your collection of fine crime books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Move over Tom Thorne 17 Aug. 2012
By Book Addict Shaun TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Move over Tom Thorne I think I have a new favourite detective in DI Rob Brennan. And I love Tom Thorne, so DI Brennan must be good. I read Truth Lies Bleeding in three sittings in one day so immediately knew I was onto something good with Tony Black and after finishing that I couldn't wait to start this second book in the series. My only disappointment is the wait for the next DI Brennan novel, of which there has to be one. I love his no nonsense attitude and the fact he completely ignores the politics of his job and his superiors, he's focused on solving the crime not playing things by the book.

The story of this book was similar to the last book but that didn't bother me too much. It was an extremely readable book, crime fiction authors tend to have random chapters which (as a bad example) are meant to give information about various characters back stories or to add suspense but they usually just end up going over my head and complicating the story for me, this book is just straight to the point, no fancy fluff and just very easy to get lost in for a few hours.

I must admit though I hated the new Chief Super and was disappointed that there were only one or two mentions of the previous Super from TLB, I thought she had potential as a character. I also enjoy the little double act with McGuire, and hope it can continue (view spoiler).

Fans of crime fiction must read this book and Truth Lies Bleeding, both amazing reads especially for fans of Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride. I hope the wait isn't too long for another DI Brennan novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking! 7 Oct. 2012
A good author is one that knows how to get out of the way and makes you forget that someone actually wrote the thing. Murder Mile stuns your senses right from the start. You get thrown right in the thick of it with Brennan and it's a damn scary ride, but you know you're in good hands. Some of the characters undergo shocking experiences and they will make you reach out to your closest and give them a hug. It has balls, nasty characters and a lot of darkness, but most of all, it gives you just enough hope that will make you flick through it madly to find out what happens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magnificent, Murder Mile. 1 Jun. 2012
Tony Black's, Murder Mile is a compelling read, mainly due to it's superbly observant and instinctual protagonist, DI Rob Brennan. With his neat,concise prose, Tony Black captures the mundanity and desperation of ordinary life, under dramatic circumstances with fierce focus. When a teenage girl is found brutally slaughtered we see DI Brennan not only question the position of the perpetrator in society but his own as well, along with his relationship with his own daughter, who shares similarities with the victim. Tony Black has the ability to peel back the skin of his characters revealing with great insight their personal tribulations and reflections. It is in fact DI Brennan's humanity that threaten his destruction rather than the barbarity in which he is immersed. Black has created a tapestry of Scotland's granite heart and it's often marginalised occupant's in all shades of grey. A must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kept a good pace all though the
Kept a good pace all though the book
Published 4 months ago by mr darcy
4.0 out of 5 stars More please!
I've only just started to read Tony Black & specifically DI Brennan. Rob is a difficult person to like or sympathise with, although you do feel that if he didn't keep such an iron... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ros H
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book - hope for many more in series
Published 10 months ago by HOWARD PENNINGTON
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better..
I have just finished this book and can only describe it as average. An avid reader and a great fan of Quintin Jardine being an Edinburgh girl myself I thought I would give it a go. Read more
Published 10 months ago by NicolaShaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but a bit too much introspection
I found the storyline gripping, and Tony Black’s descriptions of the senseless violence, depravity and hopelessness of the low-life underclass all too depressingly believable. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LizzieN4
1.0 out of 5 stars Murder mile
I was disappointed with this book. This was the first book I have read.

Published 11 months ago by R>G>M> White
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
another great book once again hard to put down its a book with guts a great read you wont regret reading this author
Published 15 months ago by annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Murder Mile starts as it means to go on with no let up or chance to catch your breath. In amongst the action there is time though for some compassion for the troubled soul that is... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jacqueline Ross
2.0 out of 5 stars not much story
Having read Tony Black books I thought I would give Di Brennan a go the first book was an ok read but the 2nd was abysmal the story could have been put into two chapters because I... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Whasme
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