Apr 13 2012 Ayrshire Post (main ed)
THERE’S a serial killer on the loose and the detective leading the investigation’s life is falling apart at the seams.
As the hunt goes on for the maniac responsible for brutally murdering teenage girls, Detective Inspector Rob Brennan’s wife finds out he’s been having an affair.
With top brass breathing down his neck and details of the investigation going viral on Facebook and Twitter, he’s under increasing pressure to catch the killer.
And if you think that this sounds like a plot from a crime thriller, then you’re absolutely right.
For the gripping story is the latest offering from Scotland’s top crime author, Ayr’s very own Tony Black.
Released this week, Murder Mile is a page turning yarn about a modern day Jack the Ripper.
The sixth crime novel from Tony, it is the second to feature his troubled DI Rob Brennan character.
The time around the detective is estranged from his wife, his teenage daughter has gone off the rails, and his enemies in Lothian and Borders Police are out to get him.
Tony explained: “I was on a photoshoot in the Whitechapel area a few years ago and became fascinated by the Jack the Ripper story.
“I’ve always like the idea of using it in one of my books. Basically I’ve transplanted the story into Edinburgh for the Twitter and Facebook generation.”
Tony’s own life is far removed from his character’s.
He’s just tied the knot with wife Cheryl and moved into a new house in his native Ayrshire.
The 40-year-old former Belmont pupil’s literary career is on the up, with sales of his previous novels Paying for It, Gutted, Loss, Long Time Dead and Truth Lies Bleeding continuing to do well.
The serialisation of his novella The Storm Without in the Post is set to conclude over the next few weeks and will be released on ebook and in paperback in mid-June.
And his murderously creative mind never stops, with the plot for his next novel already agreed with his publisher Random House.
This time it will be set in Ayr and feature a brand new detective, provisionally named Bob Valentine.
He’ll be on the trail of another serial killer, with victims including a banker and a paedophile.
Tony went on: “I’m going to bring a profiler in and introduce a cold case as well. I’m looking forward to getting started on it.”
Murder Mile is in the shops and available on ebook from Thursday, April 12. Tony will be at an official launch of the book to be held at Waterstone’s, Ayr on Friday, April 20 at 7pm.