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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: #1,387,227 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 Amazon.com
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
Thrilling, Chilling and Enthralling March 18 2011
By D. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Top-shelf material from Black -- again July 3 2011
By Greg Bardsley, author of CASH OUT - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Brutal and gritty tour de force read... Dec 1 2012
By RT Twinem - Published on Amazon.com
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
Another addition to the brilliant Scottish crime/noir pantheon June 14 2012
By Ian Ayris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd have to say I haven't read a huge amount of Police Procedurals in my time. Those I have read, I've mostly enjoyed, but my reading tends to veer more towards the noir end of the crime/noir spectrum - tales from the wrong side of the tracks, as it were. So, opening up TRUTH LIES BLEEDING, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. What I got, within the first three pages, were three young girls finding the dismembered body of another young girl in a dustbin.

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.

Fantastic stuff.

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