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Hard Truths

(2013)
Cross-Examining Crime Writers
A non fiction book by

 
Hard Truths is an 85,000-word collection of interviews with the crime genre's most accomplished writers.

As both an award-winning journalist and one of the most acclaimed crime writers of recent times Tony Black is uniquely placed to cross-examine crime fiction's bestselling authors. Names like Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh, Andrew Vachss and William McIlvanney reveal the secrets of their craft in a series of interviews conducted over the last five years.

Black takes an often no-holds-barred approach and pushes friendships to the limit as he teases out the truth on subjects as diverse as politics, the writing life, popular culture and personal histories. Always entertaining and often heartfelt these exchanges offer an entertaining, humorous and eclectic look at some of the genre's leading lights.

"For anyone at all interested in crime writers and crime writing - hell, for anyone even vaguely interested in writing and stories - this is an indispensable collection, full of insight and revelation."

- from the foreword by Doug Johnstone, author of Gone Again

The Interviewees:

Ian Rankin
Stuart MacBride
Ken Bruen
Irvine Welsh
Caro Ramsay
Andrew Vachss
Stephen Leather
Cathi Unsworth
R.J. Ellory
Simon Kernick
William McIlvanney
Allan Guthrie
Les Edgerton
Paul Sayer
Martyn Waites
Howard Linskey
Shona MacLean
Nick Stone
Ian Hamilton
Bob Mayer
Declan Burke
Ray Banks
Russel McLean
Barry Graham
Craig McDonald
Nick Barlay
Charles Ardai

Ian Rankin on his early career:
"When I started, and for the first half dozen Rebus books, I got scant-to-no media attention. I could walk into Edinburgh bookshops and find the shelves bereft of Rankin titles; it was all more than a little depressing."

William McIlvanney on writing crime:
"I never had that - well coming from my background you wouldn't - snobbishness that says you have to write literature. It's all books, and if they work they work and that's it."

Andrew Vachss on the power of fiction:
"Fiction often has a greater power to expose truth than non-fiction, especially given the extent to which journalism has degenerated."

Simon Kernick on researching crime:
"The average mark-up on a coffin is 1000%. No wonder it costs so much to die."

 
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Paperback Editions

July 2014 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Hard Truths: Cross-examining crime writers
Author(s): Tony Black
ISBN: 1-4991-5118-7 / 978-1-4991-5118-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kindle Editions

June 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Hard Truths (Rankin, Welsh, Vachss, McIlvanney)
Author(s): Tony Black
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June 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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June 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Hard Truths (Ian Rankin & Irvine Welsh) (Hard Truths (Cross-examining crime writers))
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June 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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May 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Hard Truths: How crime authors write (Hard Truths crime writer interviews Book 1)
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