I’m one of two stops today rounding off the blogtour for the latest book by Tony Black featuring DCI Bob Valentine, Her Cold Eyes. And for my stop, thanks to the publishers Black and White, you have the chance to win a paperback copy of the book (UK only). All you have to do is comment on this post by midnight tonight (4th May) telling me what you are reading just now and I’ll use a random selector to choose a winner.
Here’s what the book is about
Abbie is missing, and her mother knows exactly who is to blame.
But nobody is listening.
When the case falls to DCI Bob Valentine he has no choice but to listen. Troubled by visions of a young girl’s desperate anguish and her mother’s heartbreak, Valentine soon finds himself immersed in the most harrowing investigation of his police career.
It’s an investigation that leads him and his closest colleagues to uncover ritualistic practices inextricably linked to the highest echelons of society. As the extent of the abuse, sacrifice and torture becomes clear, how can the police hope to protect the victims from their terrible fate? And how can they trap the guilty when to do so will bring down so many of those in power?
The bloodthirsty reality of Satanic ritual and his battles with those who would silence him take Valentine to a dark place where his world view is shattered, perhaps forever.
Her Cold Eyes is available now in paperback or as an ebook. It will be available from your usual book retailer or you can order a copy online here: Her Cold Eyes.
Tony has kindly answered some of my author spotlight questions, though I think some of his answers may be a little tongue in cheek! Read on to find out a bit more about him.
First of all, would you tell my blog readers a little about yourself?
I write gritty Scottish crime fiction, sometimes called Tartan Noir, and other stuff when I can get away with it.
What inspired you to start writing?
My complete lack of any other discernible skills.
Tell me about your journey to publication
It was a long and winding road that seemed to have no end.
In a nutshell, what is your latest book about?
There’s bad people doing very bad things in it. Some folk die.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
It was a complicated process involving fridge magnets and a nerf gun, but I got there. Unfortunately the dog won’t go near the kitchen now.
How did you celebrate publication day?
By smearing myself with woad and singing Ferry Across the Mersey.
What’s your favourite book you’ve read in the past few months?
What are you reading just now?
If you were on Desert Island Discs, what one book would you take with you?
Robinson Crusoe or Lord of the Flies.
Is there a book you’d like to see made into a film? Who would be in your dream cast?
Flat Stanley. I’d like to see Adam Sandler and a steamroller featured.
Tony Black is the author of 14 novels, most recently Bay of Martyrs. He has been nominated for seven CWA Daggers and was runner up in The Guardian’s Not the Booker prize for The Last Tiger.
He has written three crime series, a number of crime novellas and a collection of short stories. His most recent crime title in the DI Bob Valentine series is Summoning the Dead.
It’s the last day of the tour but catch up on any stops you have missed