- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (28 Dec. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786891336
- ISBN-13: 978-1786891334
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bloody January (A Harry McCoy Thriller) Hardcover – 28 Dec 2017
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"An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy . . . Think McIlvanney or Get Carter" (IAN RANKIN)
"A potent tale of death . . . Alan Parks's excellent first novel propels him into the top class of Scottish noir authors . . . Detective Harry McCoy . . . is so noir that he makes most other Scottish cops seem light grey" (The Times, Book of the Month)
"1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood" (PETER MAY)
"The latest star of Tartan noir - perhaps even a successor to the late, great William McIlvanney . . . Gripping, utterly authentic and nerve-jangling, this novel announces a fine new voice in crime writing" (Daily Mail)
"Gripping and violent, dark and satisfying. I flew through it" (BRET EASTON ELLIS)
"Bloody and brilliant. This smasher from Alan Parks is a reminder of how dark Glasgow used to be" (LOUISE WELSH)
"[McCoy] is a great character and his patch and period are vividly and skilfully portrayed. Denise Mina and Ian Rankin had better watch out" (Evening Standard)
"Gripping and well-crafted" (QUINTIN JARDINE)
"Gripping . . . McCoy's Glasgow is a dark, brooding city, where the line between the police and the underworld is frequently blurred . . . An intriguing addition to the canon" (Herald)
"A blistering plot, unforgettable characters and writing so sharp it's like it's been written with a knife . . . Detective McCoy is a true noir antihero and the perfect guide through the vice and violence of Glasgow's underbelly. Bloody January firmly sets Alan Parks in the same league as Ian Rankin and Louise Welsh" (SARAH PINBOROUGH, bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES)
The first in a new series of crime novels from debut author Alan Parks, the next dark and exciting voice in Scottish noirSee all Product description
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Parks has obviously done his research. His characters are well drawn- rough and real. Even his main character, Harry Mc Coy, treads a very fine line between ‘right and wrong’ and on many occasions his actions are worthy of arrest.
If you enjoy gritty portrayals of the past, similar to ‘The Sweeny’, then this will appeal.
A young girl gets murdered by a young lad for no apparent reason who then goes on to kill himself McCoy has to delve into a family he would love to bring down for personal reasons and comes up against many brick walls that only money and upperclass upbringing can build
It’s a fast paced novel that leaves you wanting more
I can easily forgive the date alteration for the Bowie concert at that time.
The Care Home abuse parts are so well written that they are possibly the most unsettling reading in a very hard edged story which includes some very strong passages of both gangland and sociopathic violence.
The Dundee based publishing company is an accurate interpretation of reality, from the architectural descriptions of HQ buildings to the hiring policies and attitudes in place at the time.
Really looking forward to the next instalment of McCoy’s story. I’m certain that the abuse he suffered as a child in care will provide a very strong undercurrent again, and some justification for the actions he takes and his choice of lifestyle. Also want to find out how Cooper comes back and evolves.
Would recommend this book to all who love a thriller, mystery or crime
Well done Harry McCoy on your first book.
And well done amazon for delivering on the 30th December when delivery date was 3rd January made my new year.
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