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Truth Lies Bleeding. by Tony Black Paperback – Feb 1 2011

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848091893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848091894
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,068,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A crime not to read it! May 31 2011
By Midnight - Published on
Format: Paperback
'Truth Lies Bleeding' launches a new Scottish detective with the appearance of Detective Inspector Rob Brennan of Lothian and Borders Police. He has just returned from psychiatric leave after being traumatised by the still unsolved shooting of his brother. Brennan is thrown back in at the deep end when he has to investigate the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a young girl's mutilated body in an Edinburgh alleyway.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Top-shelf material from Black -- again July 3 2011
By G. Bardsley - Published on
Format: Paperback
One of the things about earning coin during the day, writing fiction at night and being a family man throughout is that you don't get to read nearly as much as you'd like.

My consolation? I have some scary-talented buds sending me some of the best novels around.

Case in point, I have been thoroughly enjoying Tony Black's latest sensation, Truth Lies Bleeding. If you haven't read Black yet, do yourself a favor and check out this novel by the talented U.K. prose stylist, who once again has managed to suck me in with a story that appeals to the mind and heart. With Truth Lies Bleeding, Black introduces us to yet another fascinating and fully evolved character, Edinburgh Investigator Rob Brennan, who is dealing with demons on many fronts, not the least of which is a ruthless killer who's left a mutilated corpse in a back-alley dumpster. The police procedural element of the book is captivating, and the emotional connection to Brennan is nearly immediate. Top-shelf material from Black -- again.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thrilling, Chilling and Enthralling March 18 2011
By D. Moore - Published on
Format: Paperback
When four teenagers find the dismembered body of teenage runaway Carly Donald in a dumpster on one of Edinburgh's worst housing schemes, Inspector Rob Brennan is put on the case. He's only just back at work, having been off on psychiatric leave, after the murder of his brother. If that wasn't bad enough, it's apparent that the young girl has very recently given birth - and the baby is missing. Add to that more than a few problems at home and at work, and you know that things are going to get a tad difficult. This is an excellent police procedural novel and Rob Brennan is a thoroughly engaging and believable protagonist. He is likeable despite his dark side, and is a genuinely good cop. He has strong instincts and isn't afraid to follow them, and once he's got his teeth into a case he won't give up, no matter what the personal and professional cost may be.

The book takes a very dark and difficult topic and treats it with sensitivity and complete lack of sensationalism. Yet it's a thrilling, chilling enthralling read.I am a huge fan of Tony Black's Gus Dury series, so I was prepared to be grumpy that TRUTH LIES BLEEDING was Gus-less. At the very least, I thought it would take a little while for Inspector Rob Brennan to grow on me. Not so. It was like being snogged by Johnny Depp when you're apprehensively anticipating Shane McGowan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Brutal and gritty tour de force read... Dec 1 2012
By RT Twinem - Published on
Format: Paperback
DI Rob Brennan is in his mid 40's and has just returned from six months leave following the murder of his brother Andy. His relationship with his wife Joyce and daughter Sophie is collapsing, and his affair with the lovely Lorraine is in meltdown and under immense strain especially as she has just disclosed to him that she is pregnant with his child. His attitude towards his "career orientated" Chief Superintendent Aileen Galloway is at best confrontational and he is viewed with great suspicion by his other working colleagues. All in all it's a bad week for Brennan and to top it all the mutilated body of a young girl is discovered in a wheely bin, it's up to Brennan to get results and to get them fast!...roll over Rebus there's a new kid on the block!! in the crime infested streets of Edinburgh. Brennan rises to the challenge with vigour and an adrenalin fuelled impatience that leaves the reader breathless. There are few words wasted in this 300+ page book...the writing and style is tight and taut..." "It was the infamous Deacon Brodie that best summed up the city for Brennan, though. The respectable businessman persona Brodie adopted by day contrasted starkly with the burglary trade he plied by night. The deacon seemed to embody the schizophrenic air that the city choked on still. It was a mix of stoic kirks and grand cathedrals, of bold achievements and great plans; but it was also the place where innocent-looking teenage girls wound up, beaten and bloodied, in grimy piss-smelling back alleys. They just didn't put that stuff in the tour guides" .....The pace is relentless and the excitement never ending, I read and evaluate many crime books so much of which is plodding and mundane, "Truth Lies Bleeding" is fast, brutal and furious and totally renews my faith in the crime genre...with a lovely little twist in the final pages! Well done Mr Black I look forward to reading book 2 in the series and give a warm welcome to the trouble DI Brennan and the lonely streets of a gritty city...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hardboiled Noir Feb. 23 2011
By Paul D Brazill - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition

The protagonist of Tony Black's previous four novels is Gus Dury-a boozy journalist turned private eye. Dury is an antisocial, cantankerous, stroppy, trouble maker who lives on the cusp of catastrophe.

Black's newest novel, however, is a police procedural featuring Edinburgh cop Rob Brennan, a family man. So, you may be forgiven for thinking that Truth Lies Bleeding will show us the lighter side of Tony Black. And how very wrong you will be.

Brennan may not be a boozhound but he's got issues in spades . He's playing away from home with the police shrink. His brother was mysteriously murdered and the case is still unsolved. He's back on the force after a stint of psych break. And his boss hates him.

And, because there's no one else available, his first case after his sick leave is the murder of a sixteen year old girl. Whose arms and legs have been cut off and who gave birth just before she was killed.

But THIS investigation is just Brennan dipping his toe into a very murky stream that leads to dark, dark waters. With plenty of savage twists and turns on the way.

TRUTH LIES BLEEDING is a brilliant read. Not as gleefully delirious as the Dury books -the different POVs give it a more measured feel - but much more gruesome and chilling. And more than a little sad too. Black has created a compelling character in Brennan but he's particularly good at showing the lives of people on the margins of Edinburgh society, the grimy underbelly of smack heads and low lives.

Truth Lies Bleeding is another cracking slice of the dark side of life from Tony Black and proof that he's got plenty of tricks up his sleeve.

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