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3.0 out of 5 stars Life on the edge in Edinburgh, 3 Jan 2013
This review is from: Paying For It (Gus Dury 1) (Paperback)
Set in contemporary Edinburgh, this novel follows ex-journalist Gus Dury as he tracks down the truth about how the son of a friend of his came to be so brutally murdered.

In former times, Dury had a good career and lived a professional Edinburgh life. However, we meet him as a fallen man - divorce looming, career gone and an overwhelming need for strong drink and cigarettes to get him through the day. A dark character, he has no problems entering the seedy Edinburgh underworld where people live life on the edge and violence is second nature.

Written in the first person, this dark and gritty book seems to be a stumble from one drink to the next interspersed by punchy in your face dialogue and the occasional fight. I'm not a big fan of stories written in the first person as there is frequently a tendency to draw on too much inessential detail - the bath scene on page 166 for instance - yet when the story goes to his family and his relationship with his father, I found the writing to be compelling.

It's hard to say whether I want to follow the Gus Dury series - I probably will, because of a curiosity about how Edinburgh is portrayed, but I'm also undecided about how much I really want to read about an almost washed up alcoholic who does impossible damage to his body. Time will tell.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2013 14:20:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jan 2013 14:20:45 GMT
Pulp Pusher says:
Thanks for the review, Alison. It's interesting that you're not a fan of first-person narratives because of the 'inessential detail' - that's actually what I love about them! Anyway, my DI Rob Brennan series is third-person and still set in Edinburgh, so might be more up your street ... hope you don't give up on Gus though. Thanks again for reviewing.
Tony.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2013 07:30:37 GMT
Scholastica says:
Hello Tony,

Thank you for your comments on my review - I will definitely be reading further, both Gus Dury and Rob Brennan. My Dad had 'Paying for it' as a Christmas present and also enjoyed it.

Alison

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2013 13:20:49 GMT
Pulp Pusher says:
That's great to hear, Alison ... glad your dad got along with Gus too!

HNY to you both...

Tony.
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