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Paying For It (Gus Dury #1)

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Gus Dury once had a high-flying career as a journalist and a wife he adored. But now he is living on the edge, a drink away from Edinburgh's down-and-outs, drifting from bar to bar, trying not to sign divorce papers. But the road takes an unexpected turn when a friend asks him to investigate the brutal torture and killing of his son, and Gus becomes embroiled in a much big ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 4th 2009 by Preface Publishing (first published January 1st 2008)
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Josh
‘Paying for it’ is a no holds barred, white knuckle scrap in league with Ken Breun’s tortured and tumultuous Jack Taylor novels where alcoholism and dysfunctional families are paramount to the protagonist’s psyche and stability.

Black has one interesting quasi private investigator on his hands in Gus Dury – a man with nothing to lose and seemingly less to gain who still manages to find compassion in the eyes of an old man (Milo) and a sense of duty for a father’s loss (Col).

Assuming the persona
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Andy
Probably one of the best crime thrillers I have ever read,
looking forward to reading more about Gus Dury :)
Jacqueline Tait
Took a little while to get into, quite a good plot, with a twist at the end. Dury kind of annoyed me to begin with but warmed to him by the end of the book, so will pick up the next and see where he ends up.
Lars
On my desperate search for a good crime series worth continuing, Tony Black's 'Paying for it' was my most recent try. I like Noir, I like Pulp, I like Hard-boiled crime, and by this measure, the read was quite enjoyable. The protagonist, Gus Dury, is a boozy alcoholic, former journalist, soon-to-be divorce, living in Edinburgh. He is doing one of his buddies a favor by investigating the murder of his son. Dury is a really cool and literate guy who delivers easy-going quotes even when he is beate ...more
Rob Kitchin
Paying For It is written from a first person perspective, the reader viewing the world through Gus Dury. And it’s the view from one step away from the gutter. Dury knows how to drink himself to oblivion, how to push those people that still care away, how to provoke dangerous people into a fight and then take the punishment. And yet he still retains some humanity and dignity, some semblance of journalistic righteousness and justice. For the most part I enjoyed the novel. Dury is plausible, the ch ...more
Bigd_041555
My first taste of Tony Black - hmm, not bad, he seems to know all the classic lines from all the "notable" movies, and I've never read so many different analogies in one sitting!

Overall, a pretty good book, it took me a bit to wrap my head around the Scottish lingo and "isms", but once I did the read went more smoothly.

Gus Dury, poor guy - you would think he would learn to keep his mouth shut at times, but the fella must like pain! A different type of character for me - investigative reporter th
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Loopyloo100
Set in Edinburgh this is an atmospheric and gritty novel, but also full of dark humour. Gus Dury is an ex-journalist and his wife is divorcing him as the demon drink has taken a strong hold of him. His friend Col’s son is found dead, but the police say that he committed suicide. Gus finds out this isn’t true and Col asks him to find the killer of his son and what’s with the cover-up? Gus endeavours to find the truth and along the way we meet some unsavoury characters, as well as a wolf, and see ...more
Esme
"'Gus. Gusgo. Gusie-Boy …'
Das große Können dieses Mannes, hundert Prozent pure Säuferkunst, einfach so aus meinem Namen Poesie zu machen."

Gus Dury war mal Journalist, bis er abstürzte. Ein Kneipenwirt bittet ihn, den Tod seines Sohnes zu untersuchen. Die offizielle Todesursache lautet zwar Selbstmord, aber Billy-Boy wurde vor seinem Tod gefoltert. Nicht so einfach für Dury, denn er hat jetzt einen anderen Fulltime-Job: Gus ist ein richtig harter Säufer.

"Nach einem mächtigen Schluck kippte ich au
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Keith Nixon
The first Gus Dury novel in the series which introduces us to the washed up journalist and all his problems in gritty detail as he investigates the murder of a friend's son in seedy Edinburgh. Gus's sidekicks, Hod and Mac the Knife, accompany him as they literally cut a swathe through the murky underworld.

In recent weeks I've rattled through four Tony Black books and I've thoroughly enjoyed them all. I took all of two days to demolish this one. Fundamentally I really appreciate the style: short,
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Keith Nixon
The first Gus Dury novel in the series which introduces us to the washed up journalist and all his problems in gritty detail as he investigates the murder of a friend's son in seedy Edinburgh. Gus's sidekicks, Hod and Mac the Knife, accompany him as they literally cut a swathe through the murky underworld.

In recent weeks I've rattled through four Tony Black books and I've thoroughly enjoyed them all. I took all of two days to demolish this one. Fundamentally I really appreciate the style: short,
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Rory Costello
I loved this. Though crime forms the foundation of this novel, it's really a story about humanity and family ties more than anything, especially fathers and sons.

Gus Dury is a rich and multi-layered personality; the story is propulsive and winds up with a twist that I did not see coming at all. The Edinburgh atmosphere is depicted in a way that you can feel with all your senses, and there's a thread of sardonic humor that I also enjoyed greatly.
Tim Niland
Gus Dury is down and out. The former newspaperman and current drunkard is hired on by his bartender friend to find out the events that led to the man's son being brutally murdered in an Edinburgh alley. Dury finds more than he ever bargained for as he infiltrates organized crime, government corruption and a smuggling ring to find the truth. Not for nothing is Ken Bruen prominently supporting this novel - if you took Bruen's Jack Taylor to Scotland he would be a dead ringer for Dury, right down t ...more
Chris
Having never read any of Tony Blacks work as was sceptical at first as i am with all new authors but i needn't have worried Paying For It was a fantastic read. With just enough action and suspense to keep you turning pages without seeming too far fetched, which, if i'm honest a lot of authors today are taking things in to the realm of fantasy when the books supposed to be based on everyday events. However Tony has the mix spot on the gritty side of Edinburgh that people have never seen comes thr ...more
Sephie
I only read this because I won copies of it for my reading group.

Certainly not a genre I choose to read, but I did enjoy the witticisms and dry humour which underlined the narrative.

A Taggarty/Ian Rankin-type Scottish 'morrdorrr' plot, involving the Russian Mafia and a hard-drinking/smoking protagonist.
Gary
The 1st book in the Gus Dury series by Tony Black was recommended to me by a work colleague who was blown away by it. We have very similar tastes in books but not in this case. The book was ok but I was not left thinking that I would like to read the next book in the series.
Sarah Blyther
I love a book when i care about the people in the story and i cared about Gus. Mr Black was new to me but I enjoyed this one so much i went online and bought another 3 he had written and enjoyed them just as much.I can not wait for his new book.
Sandra
Really liked most of it. The dialogue, cultural references, metaphors & similes (wasn't taking that much note, just admiring) and the pace of this was good, just the MP didn't ring that true. But I shall look out for more, definitely.
Jordan McPeek
Alcoholic former journalist looks into the murder of a friend's son as a favour. Little too much on the main character's stuggles, too little on the plot. I can see why Ken Bruen blurbed it. Reminded me of Bruen throughout.
Brandon Nagel
Great beginning to what I am sure is an amazing series. I love every book Tony Black has written.
David
Another Scottish author and new to me but I enjoyed this one so will probably look for others.
Robin Jonathan Deutsch
Brilliant novel. One if the best I've read this year. Great dialog and story.
Stewart
Great new character, terrific sense of place. I look forward to his next book.
Neda
Slow paced, nothing much really happens.
Stargazer
Glad I read the 4th one first.
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