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Last Orders: A gripping and twisty suspense thriller you'll find impossible to put down (Gus Dury) by [Black, Tony]
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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

About the Author

Tony Black is an award-winning journalist and the author of some of the most critically-acclaimed British crime fiction of recent times. Acclaimed titles include 'The Storm Without' (the first Doug Michie crime thriller) and the Gus Dury series 'Paying for It', 'Gutted, 'Loss' and 'Long Time Dead'.

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  • File Size: 2088 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B62NTKO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am new to Tony Black but have enjoyed the Gus Dury novels
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I liked it as it is different from other crime thrillers,
also it was great actually knowing where the streets were.
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dont like short books
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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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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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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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THANK GOD for Tony Black!!!! His style of writing gives the feeling that you are following the main character's flow of thoughts with him and that as events unfold you are experiencing them at the same time as Gus does.

That is one of the reasons I just looooove the Gus Dury series ... Tony's storytelling is simply amazing!!! And I can never put the books down until I've finished them! The twists and turns always have you on the edge of your seat and with Tony's newest novella about a missing 16yr old girl, the ending is ever so unexpected as always! Great read - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Tony - you outdid yourself once again! KUDOS to the *Master of Scottish Noir*!!!
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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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