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 bigger story of political corruption and illegal people-trafficking.
Seedy doss-houses, bleak wastelands and sudden violence contrast with the cobbled streets and cool bistros of fashionable Edinburgh, as the puzzle unravels to a truly shocking ending.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/06/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781848090224
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Review by Eyejaybee
A rather depressing novel set in the murky underworld of Edinburgh. The principal charcter (I can't countenance the term "hero") is an ex-journalist sinking ever-deeper into alcoholism, who is commissioned to investigate the death of the son of a friend. It turns out that the dead man had been involved in people trafficking and various other crimes in the course of which he had crossed Edinburgh's burgeoning Russian gang community.Interesting but too disjointed to be an enjoyable or rewarding read.