Black, Tony - 'Loss'
In this third book, Gus Dury the alcoholic ex-journalist is back living with Debs and off the booze (just). Whilst it is difficult, Gus is determined to stay sober but then he hears the news that his brother Michael has been murdered (apparently shot whilst walking through the Meadows). The detective handling the case warns Gus off from conducting his own investigation.
Gus goes to his sister-in-law's house to break the news and finds a Czech worker from Michael's factory living there. Realising that something is wrong (and concerned for Joanne and his niece), Gus starts asking around at the factory and soon learns that things with Michael's business are not as expected. The factory seems to be staffed completely by Czechs employed by a ruthless gang boss. When local gangster Ronnie Milne says that Gus needs to get his illegal booze shipments moving again or there will be trouble, Gus soon realises that things aren't going to be easy.
With help from his friends Mac and Hod, he tries to track down the Czech gang boss (who, Hod says, is well known in the building trade as a lunatic). Gus is busy trying to stay off the booze but Debs decides that the stress of his brother's death and the investigation will soon lead to drink and she leaves him.
The police seem to not be getting anywhere and when an ex-worker from the factory who had been speaking to Gus turns up mutilated, Gus decides it is time to get serious. Gus trying desperately to find his brother's killer before any more bodies turn up or Ronnie Milne or the Czech gang boss decide to take action against him.
As readers of his previous books will be aware, Tony Black delivers a story with a hard edge and fast moving action. In this third book, he yet again produces a story that never lets up and delivers a superb book that you just can't put down. I can't wait for the next instalment of Gus Dury. If you haven't read any of the Gus Dury books, you have a great story to read.
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Paul Blackburn, Scotland