Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books: Tony Black’s MURDER MILE

We’ve noted on these pages before that Tony Black is an honorary Irishman, having spent his childhood summers in the vicinity of Galway. Not that a man’s honorary nationality should matter when it comes to giving away free books. For lo! Tony’s publishers at Arrow have very kindly provided us with three copies of Tony’s latest tome, MURDER MILE, for your delectation. But first, the blurb elves:
In a cold, windswept field on the outskirts of Edinburgh lies the brutally mutilated body of a young woman. As DI Rob Brennan looks at the tangled mass of limbs and blood, he feels his heart freeze. Like Fiona Gow five years earlier, this girl has been strangled with her own stockings, sexually mutilated and her eyes have been gouged out. Is this the work of an Edinburgh Ripper? The press certainly think so. Rob Brennan is determined to uncover the truth - however painful that might be. But truth is hard to come by in a world of police rivalries, media hysteria and copycat crime.
  Sounds like an absolute belter. To be in with a chance of winning a copy of MURDER MILE, just answer the following question:
What’s your favourite Edinburgh-based novel?
  Answers via the comment box, please, along with a contact email address (using (at) rather than @ to confound the spam monkeys), before noon on Friday, April 6th. Et bon chance, mes amis


Joe Dunne said...

I was gonna put an Inspector Redus book but then I remembered Trainspotting, so Trainspotting it is

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lil Gluckstern said...

Any of the Jackson Brodie books, but we'll go with "Started Early, Took my Dog." Something about the Celts...


Michael A Todd said...

HARD MAN by Allan Guthrie


seana said...
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seana said...

I forgot to do the (at) thing.

How about The Judge, by Rebecca West?


Ray Garraty said...

Two-way Split by Allan Guthrie

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David Baynham said...

"Lanark" by Alasdair Gray is a great novel of Edinburgh and a supposed Edinburgh.


Anonymous said...

Trainspotting, again

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Anonymous said...

One Day

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