Long Time Dead

Long Time Dead

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Gus Dury is back on the drink. While in hospital after a hit-and-run accident, his best friend, Hod, asks him to investigate the ritual, on-campus hanging of an Edinburgh University student. The murder victim's mother is a high-profile actress, who has promised a big-money reward. Gus, desperate for money, goes undercover at the university, taking a janitor's job, and soon uncovers a similar ritualistic hanging which took place in the 70s. Few of the students are prepared to talk about it - until another one of their group turns up dead by the same method. But Gus now moves into very dangerous waters as he begins to discover what and who is really behind it all - and he becomes the next target for the executioner.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 18mm | 338g
  • Preface Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848091834
  • 9781848091832
  • 2,600,661

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Ritual hanging ... a secret fraternity ... Gus Dury undercover and in the greatest danger of his life ...

'You're a long time dead' is hard-drinking student 'Bender' Ben's favourite phrase - at least it is until he is found hanged on campus at Edinburgh university.

Gus Dury is - to put it mildly - not in good shape after his last case. But best friend Hod is desperate to get him back, if not exactly on the straight and narrow, at least on some sort of track, and persuades Gus, ill as he is, to investigate the student hanging.

It is the beginning of a nightmare ...

'One of my favourite Scottish writers of the last few years ... Gus Dury is one of the most convincing characters I've read in a long time' Russel McLean, International Thriller Writers
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"From the word go, the no-nonsense cynicism of Dury is back and in full throttle ... Dury has the potential to be a long-running success story of Tartan Noir"
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"Ripping, gutsy prose and a witty wreck of a protagonist makes this another exceptionally compelling, bright and even original thriller from a writer yet to explode" * Daily Mirror, 4 stars * "If you've yet to discover the hardcore brilliance of Gus Drury, pour yourself a large one and start here" * Daily Record * "From the word go, the no-nonsense cynicism of Dury is back and in full throttle ... Dury has the potential to be a long-running success story of Tartan Noir" * Scotsman * "A dark, personal journey with convincingly raw emotions and a protagonist who is digging beyond rock bottom" * Crimesquad * "A dark, personal journey with convincingly raw emotions and a protagonist who is digging beyond rock bottom" * Eurocrime 4 stars *
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About Tony Black

Tony Black is an award-winning journalist, who has written for most of the national newspapers. He spent his childhood in Ireland and Australia and now lives in Edinburgh.

www.tonyblack.net
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78 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 24% (19)
4 53% (41)
3 17% (13)
2 5% (4)
1 1% (1)
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