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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; 1st Edition edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099568837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099568834
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By Book Addict Shaun TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2012
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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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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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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. The fact that we know the identity of the murderer long before Brennan does in no way reduces the suspense. The police procedural aspects of this are also credible, and seem well researched… though the theme of the “rival” who tries to undermine Brennan’s status and receives his eventual (and unpleasant) comeuppance was just a bit predictable after the first 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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