Murder Mile (Di Rob Brennan 2) Paperback – 6 Sep 2012
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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)
Tony Black moves away from the noir of his Gus Dury novels with his second terrific police procedural featuring Detective Inspector Rob BrennanSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
I do think however, that the long passages which examine Brennan’s personal state of mind and attitude to life, his family and ‘the job’ are somewhat overdone and repetitive. Tony Black, we get the message — we are getting to know and understand Brennan; we even like him, while acknowledging he would be a bastard to work with; we don’t need it laying on with a trowel.
That aside, I am greatly looking forward to the next Brennan book.
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A good story though not as good as the first Inspector Brennan. Being an inveterate tartan noir addict I believe that Fettes one of the primary locations was not at the time of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mr PC JAMESON
This book is too much talk and not enough action. The mistakes in the storyline are too many to ignore. The author uses words that are really obscure. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carol
I tried to like this book, but as I read on I was more and more wondering why I was bothering. The answer is that there's an interesting story in there, but it's about two of the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Wilkinson
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Ros H
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 morePublished on 12 July 2014 by NicolaShaw
I was disappointed with this book. This was the first book I have read.
I WOULD NOT RECOMEND THIS BOOK