Truth Lies Bleeding (Di Rob Brennan 1) Paperback – 4 Aug 2011
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"An accomplished and impressive piece of tartan noir" (The List)
"Black's visceral prose makes this a superior offering in a crowded market" (Big Issue)
"Every flaw is stripped of shadow and every bad deed gets punished. If I read a better example of the police procedural this year I will be amazed" (Crimesquad, five star review)
Tony Black moves away from the noir of his Gus Dury novels with this terrific police procedural featuring Detective Inspector Rob Brennan, just back from psychiatric leave and on a mission.See all Product description
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Black introduces DI Rob Brennan in this story and he's a total different character than his hot tempered ever cursing Gus Dury from his other four novels (if you don't know what I'm talking about read those right away, too!).
Brennan has been on leave after the murder of his younger brother and now returns to a very grim case of a slaughtered young girl whose baby is missing and in the race against time finding the baby Brennan has to deal not only with bastard colleagues, his lover and his wife but also his Alexis Carrintonesque boss.
As always Black manages to tie his main character Brennan's personal story into the tight woven and fast paced crime story and introduces you to great characters that you instantly warm up to (or hate, for that matter) and takes you right into the brewery smell covered streets of Edinburgh. Truth Lies Bleedng is definitely a book for which the term "page-turner" has been invented for!
Anyone who hasn't read Tony Black yet should definitely do so! What are you waiting for?
As the story unfolds DI Brennan knows the case is in chaos, nothing was fitting together. He knew there was a bigger picture, something that linked up the missing pieces and the author takes you on an enthralling journey as Brennan battles to find the truth.
The prologue gives an immediate taster of the excellent descriptive style of writing and draws you into the story. It shocks yet lures you in to find out more.
I had thought I was familiar with all the writers of Scottish crime fiction but have to admit I hadn't come across Tony Black's work before. I didn't know what I was missing!
Although I believe he is now predominantly resident in Australia, he is bang up to date with descriptions of Edinburgh's congestion and traffic chaos caused by road works for installation of the trams etc. He has truly captured the essence of Edinburgh, the traits and behaviour of individuals and develops his characters well.
It would be a crime not to read this book - I certainly hope we will can look forward to the development of more DI Brennan cases in future.
A bowl of cherries, this would not be. Just how I like it.
We are soon introduced to DI Brennan - a bristling cantankerous man, intent on getting his own way on all fronts. He's suspicious of everyone, and rightly so when we learn what drives him. Back from psychiatric leave, treated with varying degrees of disdain, ridicule, kindness, and contempt, by his colleagues, he now has a female boss to contend with as well.
The relationship between DI Brennan and his female boss - Chief Superintendant Gallagher - is brilliantly portrayed by Black. The mutual antagonism fair drips off the page. With Gallagher on his back, watching his every move, Brennan also discovers there is a mole in the team - someone leaking information about the case to the local press. Brennan, being Brennan, thinks it could be anyone. And Black does a fine job of keeping us so wrapped up in Brennan's paranoia this reader - yes, me, placid as they come, me - felt the need to punch almost everyone in the face Brennan suspects of being the leak.
And then we have the scene where all this takes place - Edinburgh. Not the Edinburgh of the castle and the palace, the gardens, the parliament, or the festival - no, this is the part of Edinburgh that gets through each day on a diet of drugs and alcohol and rubbish on the telly. A place where life is cheap and Jeremy Kyle is king. And the denziens of this world are superbly drawn by Black. We feel their brokenness and their pain, their viciousness, and their hate.
It is to this world Brennan will seek the answers to the horrendous crime of the dismembered girl in the dustbin.
Throw into the mix a missing baby, a psychotic drug dealer, a limping assassin, and a line towards the end of the book that made me stop reading and feel physically sick, and you have a top notch read that'll keep you rivetted to your seat till the very end.
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