Hard Truths: Cross-examining crime writers

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Hard Truths is a collection of interviews with the crime genre's most accomplished writers.As both an award-winning journalist and one of the most acclaimed crime writers of recent times Tony Black is uniquely placed to cross-examine crime fiction's bestselling authors. Names like Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh, Andrew Vachss and William McIlvanney reveal the secrets of their craft in a series of interviews conducted over the last five years.Black takes an often no-holds-barred approach and pushes friendships to the limit as he teases out the truth on subjects as diverse as politics, the writing life, popular culture and personal histories. Always entertaining and often heartfelt these exchanges offer an entertaining, humorous and eclectic look at some of the genre's leading lights."For anyone at all interested in crime writers and crime writing - hell, for anyone even vaguely interested in writing and stories - this is an indispensable collection, full of insight and revelation."- from the foreword by Doug Johnstone, author of Gone Again

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About the Author:

Tony Black is the author of 12 books, most recently The Last Tiger. The Tasmanian-set novel tells the story of the demise of the Tasmanian tiger. Whitbread-winning author Paul Sayer called the novel, "A rare and heartfelt fable". Barry Graham, Winner of the American Library Association book of the year, said The Last Tiger is "Tony Black's most brilliant and resonant novel so far". Tony Black has also written three crime fiction series, a number of crime novellas and a collection of short stories. His next crime title is Artefacts of the Dead. For more information, and the latest news visit his website at: www.tonyblack.net or his blog: www.pulppusher.blogspot.com

Review:

"Tony Black is my favourite British crime writer and Gus Dury the genre's most interesting protagonist. Like his previous books, Loss has the power, style and street swagger that makes most of his contemporaries a little bland by comparison" (Irvine Welsh)
"Powerful, focused and intense ... and then it gets better. Get your money down early on this young man - he's dead serious and deadly accurate" (Andrew Vachss)

"Ripping, gutsy prose and a witty wreck of a protagonist makes this exceptionally compelling, bright and even original." (The Mirror)

"If you're a fan of the Ian Rankins, Denise Minas and Irvine Welshes of this world, this is most certainly one for you." (Scotsman)

"As washed-up private detectives go, Gus Dury is compelling - he's as hard as any criminal, as twice as self-destructive." (Evening Standard)

"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)

"This up-and-coming crime writer isn't portraying the Edinburgh in the Visit Scotland tourism ads." (The Sun)

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