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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848090226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848090224
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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: www.tonyblack.net or his blog: www.pulppusher.blogspot.com

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"A fine debut. Black is the new noir" (Allan Guthrie)

"Tony Black's first novel hits the ground running, combining a sympathetic ear for the surreal dialogue of the dispossessed with a portrait of the belly of a city painted in the blackest of humour" (Guardian)

"Paying For It might just be the most aptly titled novel of the year. Rarely has a title worked on so many levels... the narrative blasts off the page like a triple malt... This is one adrenalin-pumped novel, as moving and compassionate as it is stylishly written" (Ken Bruen, author of The Guards novels)

"Assuming (and hoping) that this is the first of many featuring the tortured Gus Dury, we've never seen a series character so richly and honestly drawn from the get-go. The emotional punches connect solidly in Paying For It, as the pains of being a father and the pains of being a son are laid bare. The debut of the year" (Thuglit.com)

"Of all the new writers emerging this year, he is the one to watch" (Martyn Waites, author of the Joe Donovan series)

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A brilliant thriller debut from Edinburgh journalist turned rising crime-writing star Tony Black, introducing Gus Dury, a compelling new hero in the great tradition of Scottish detective fiction.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David F. Lewis on 31 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
It doesn't happen often, but sometimes you're completely blown away by a book. It's even rarer for it to happen with a debut novel... but Tony Black makes a myth of all that with Paying for It. It's a stunning tale, narrated by a character who, in reality, you'd cross the road from, but whose life sparks a deep and unrelenting fascination. Edinburgh-based PI Gus Dury is a drink away from destruction, his marriage and career in tatters. He needs a focus and when he's asked to probe the brutal murder of a young man, his dedication and deep desire for justice comes to the fore. Gus wades through prostitution, Eastern European gangsters and even comes face-to-face with a wolf. Tony's stark portrayal of modern Scotland and its rulers is hard-hitting, yet blisteringly recognisable. Buy this, read it, then make your friends read it. When you finally, bleary-eyed in the small hours after one sitting, put it down, you'll tell yourself you had no problem Paying for It.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on 14 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
Tony Black's style of writing gives the feel that you are following the main character's, Gus Dury, flow of thoughts with him and that as events unfold you are experiencing them at the same time.

Gus Dury himself though was in danger of having the standard background of a drink problem, a divorce looming, a lost career and a troubled childhood. Through his strong and convincing writing, Black pulls this round so that on the other side there is a compassionate, educated and witty man who develops into a likeable character.

The plot moves along at a strong pace and flows extremely smoothly.The texture of Edinburgh is conveyed through clever descriptions of the high and low lights of the city.

This is a gritty read and it will be interesting to see how the characters develop in the next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Tait on 26 July 2009
Format: Paperback
The gist of the book has been explained in other reviews therefore do not feel the need to reiterate, therefore will just comment on the author. Really enjoyed this book. I don't think Tony Black should be classed as the next Rankin, as having read all the Rebus books, I feel Tony's style is very different and he is his own writer and shouldn't really be compared. On starting the book, I felt I was viewing a film and he was the narrator of the story but after the first couple of chapters, I was totally engrossed and couldn't put the book down. I have just started the second book, Gutted, and I'm sure will enjoy it just as much. Here's to the 3rd book and hopefully the next chapter in Gus Dury's life, if he hasn't drunk himself to death by then! I feel there is much more to come from Tony Black.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Nixon on 30 Dec 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The first Gus Dury novel in the series which introduces us to the washed up journalist and all his problems in gritty detail as he investigates the murder of a friend's son in seedy Edinburgh. Gus's sidekicks, Hod and Mac the Knife, accompany him as they literally cut a swathe through the murky underworld.

In recent weeks I've rattled through four Tony Black books and I've thoroughly enjoyed them all. I took all of two days to demolish this one. Fundamentally I really appreciate the style: short, punchy and neat paragraphs with sharp dialogue (that can be very blunt in its statement!). Dury himself is no superhero, but in his own way unstoppable. It's some of the best writing I've ever read and right up there at the top of the quality crime fiction genre. I have a very small number of authors in various genres that I pick up immediately a new book comes out, Tony Black is now part of this list
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Passat on 20 May 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the first novel by Tony Black to feature the key character Gus Dury, a less than savoury former journalist down on his luck through drink and rough living. The story or plot is fast paced, convincing and gripping with the dialogue and language expected from those who have little or no concern for the niceities of the English language, some of which, whilst realitic, is sometimes overdone. Black's style and styory-line is a welcome contrast or change to the almost formulaic approach that Ian Rankin probably inadvertently ended up using in his series about Rebus. In summary, a good read and one of those crime stories that 'you cannot put down'!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Take the 5th on 12 Jan 2012
Format: Paperback
Loved the book so much i want to carry on reading about Gus Dury and so glad i found that there is another book out for me to get into.
Loved Tony Black's writing. Any book that actually makes me feel i care about the people being wrote about is a winner for me.
Hope he writes many more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Kidd on 23 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
Whilst on holiday I picked up a couple of short man fiction books, the first of which was Paying For It by Tony Black.

Set in Edinburgh this is an atmospheric and gritty novel, but also full of dark humour. Gus Dury is an ex-journalist and his wife is divorcing him as the demon drink has taken a strong hold of him. His friend Col's son is found dead, but the police say that he committed suicide. Gus finds out this isn't true and Col asks him to find the killer of his son and what's with the cover-up? Gus endeavours to find the truth and along the way we meet some unsavoury characters, as well as a wolf, and see Gus facing his own demons regarding his upbringing with his cruel and harsh father.

What a fantastic crime novel, I found this exceptionally entertaining. At times it felt you could really warm to Gus, but then at others you just wanted to yell at him to get a grip, but then I guess that's the way it can be with alcoholics. I found that characterisation was great, plot was superb and it was really fast paced and also contained emotional depth. For me this had everything that I love in a book, although be careful if you don't like strong and sometimes course language. I have visited Edinburgh, but feel I only scratched the surface and there's much more to it than meets the eye if this novel's anything to go by. What I also find strange is that I've read Ian Rankin, but his books have never really shouted at me, but this book most certainly does!

Gus is definitely a character I wish to follow.
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