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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
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9df3c534) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9df4c288) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0x9df4c2dc) out of 5 stars Top-shelf material from Black -- again July 3 2011
By Greg Bardsley, author of CASH OUT - 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
HASH(0x9df56678) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0x9df2d7a4) out of 5 stars "Truth Lies Bleeding" is like a classic Rankin novel April 2 2016
By Ryan W. - Published on
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"Truth Lies Bleeding" is like a classic Rankin novel, but quicker and with a slightly less morbid protagonist. In terms of technique, Black is approaching master class, particularly in how he describes grungy Edinburgh and how he cleanly alternates between characters and plots without letting his momentum lag. As for characters, readers who believe that Scottish Crime Fiction (aka "Tartan Noir") suffers a shortage of likable heroes should pick this book up. DI Rob Brennan is far from lovable, but he is consistent in his morality and fair in his assessments and actions. While Brennan certainly embodies the expected Scottish detective traits of silent rage, moderate depression and existential surrender, Black makes it clear that Brennan's worldview is derived less from trite "demons" than a belief that he (and others) can do better in their lives. His pragmatism and morality are near-equal, and that's a good thing, because anti-heroes can be a pain in the ass to root for. I also liked how the discovery of a mutilated corpse is only the starting point to a more layered and realistic crime story; there's no serial killer nonsense to be found, just desperation and perversion, and one frustrated yet dedicated guy who will have none of it. I hope Black has another Rob Brennan book or two in the works, because this book shows much promise for a series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9df2db94) out of 5 stars Brutal and gritty tour de force read... Dec 1 2012
By R T 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...

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