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Cruel Mercy: The 6th DS McAvoy Novel by [Mark, David]
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Cruel Mercy: The 6th DS McAvoy Novel Kindle Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in Ds Aector Mcavoy (6 Book Series)

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Highly entertaining (The Sunday Times)

Effortlessly blends the brutal and the tender, the dark and the light. Aector McAvoy is a true original. So is David Mark. (Mick Herron, author of Dead Lions)

To call Mark's novels police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail, this one is his most complex and best yet. (Kirkus starred review)

More twists and turns than a corkscrew through the eyeball (Val McDermid)

Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail)

McAvoy must be one of the most fascinating fictional detectives out there - a true original. This is an intoxicating brew - Catholicism, travellers, underground fight scenes, the mob - and rumbling through it all like a bear with a blush is DS Aector McAvoy. Superb writing. A truly fantastic read. (Michael J Malone, author of A Suitable Lie)

David Mark takes McAvoy to the US on a rollercoaster ride into darkness. Brilliantly written and compelling. (Steve Cavanagh)

Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent. (Peter James)

In McAvoy, David Mark has created a big hero with a huge heart. His skill at weaving threads of light through the darkest fabric has rightly won him a legion of fans who like their crime fiction to be real and compassionate. (Sarah Hilary)

A brilliant read. (Sun)

Mark's rich, distinctive prose style and damaged characters compel you to keep reading... shaping up to be an essential crime series (Crime Scene Magazine)

Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull. (Financial Times)

There is a good array of villains, and Mark is impressive in his sensitive portrayals of the relationships between the principal characters at work and home. (The Times)

The McAvoy series pulls off the double whammy of cracking characters and cunning plots. The big detective Aector McAvoy is so real and so loveable you want to have a pint with him, and the legendary Trish Pharaoh proves that a man can create an utterly compelling female character (Anya Lipska)

The exceptional McAvoy series just got better. DEAD PRETTY is a gripping thriller...proof that David Mark is up there with the best (Mari Hannah, author of the Kate Daniels series)

Breathtaking. Mark writes bad beautifully (Peter May)

As with previous books, there are plenty of grim events to balance the warmth which surrounds the leading character. (Crime Review)

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DS McAvoy is trying to solve a crime far from home in the latest stunning novel by bestselling author David Mark, perfect for fans of Val McDermid and Peter Robinson.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (26 Jan. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JGQAPC6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a very long, dense and complex story. You need to set aside a good chunk of time to get into it, otherwise you will lose the thread. You are introduced to a lot of different people and different strands in the early chapters and if you don’t remember who they are you have to go back to the beginning again. Irritating. I had a couple of false starts where I was interrupted during the first half hour and I was beginning to doubt whether it was worth pursuing. So I shut myself away until I really got into it and then it was fine.

This is described as a story, outside the sequence, in the DS McAvoy series. I haven’t read any of the others and I suspect that if I had, it would have been easier to get started. However, it does work as a stand alone novel. DS McAvoy has gone to America to discover what has happened to his brother-in-law, the charming, feckless Valentine Teague, a promising boxer, who has gone to the US with two companions. The two companions have been gunned down in a forest in upstate New York. Is Valentine dead too or is he the murderer? If he killed his companions, it will start a blood feud among the Traveller families in the west of Ireland.

McAvoy arrives in the US and discovers it is not just the Traveller families who are feuding. The Mafia and the newly arrived Chechen gangs are also involved in a turf war and it looks as though the Irish boys could have been targeted in that war – but why? Then McAvoy discovers that the Feds are also involved and that there might be a witness to the murder. Along the way, abduction and paedophilia get thrown into the mix and McAvoy faces a huge dilemma as to what is important because his priorities are at odds with the US law enforcers and his position as a British policeman in the US is equivocal to say the least.
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This is the 6th outing for DS Aector McAvoy, but the first I've read, and I'm a convert. This is a fast paced and well written tale of New York mobsters in an unholy union with the church. DS McAvoy is a likeable and interesting character and we are spared too many gory details of what in a lesser writer's hands could have been an overly simplified cocktail of evil and redemption.
Definitely a series I will follow going forward and I might even get the previous instalments.
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This is the sixth DS McAvoy book, but it's the first which has come my way. However it is very much a standalone novel and there is little if any reference back to previous episodes. This is good as there is nothing more irritating than constant references back to stories you have not read - it makes the reader feel like an outsider!

McAvoy is an interesting character. A North of England based detective, he hails from Scotland and is married to Roisin, an Irish lady from a family of travellers. This case is personal as it concerns Valentine, Roisin's brother who has headed off to the States together with two other Irishmen. One of these two has turned up dead and the other close to it. Valentine's possible involvement threatens a civil war amongst the traveller families.

McAvoy is soon off to the States to sort things out. He quickly teams up with a New York detective, who is not necessarily on the same side. McAvoy is nothing if not dogged and persistent and is determined to unravel this tangled web which eventually leads him in unexpected directions. The conclusion is surprising if, perhaps a little anti climactic.

The story is written in the present tense which can be awkward in the hands of some authors but does work very well here. I like David Mark's style of writing which is gritty and succinct and this is a story which never lags. I would be happy to read any future McAvoy novels.
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I was getting a bit tired of endless round of Draper/Shaz Archer corruption stuff. So, I suspect, was Daviid Mark. So when sends McAvoy to New York to sort out a feud between local crime families that happens to involve his brother in law, it's huge breath of fresh air. Complicated, as ever, but credible. His best yet.
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Having eagerly awaited this episode in the careers of McEvoy, Pharoah and their team and families I thought after the first few pages that I had downloaded the wrong book.Aector was in New York!My interest waned with every chapter.The New York characters were so stereotypical that they became caricatures.Even the unnecessary inclusion of Pharoah in the investigation didnt raise the bar..Aector bumbles about solving decades old crimes,is kidnapped by mafiosi and released because hes a good guy.They are not a patch on the Headhunters!!.
my biggest beef is that we are no nearer to a resolution of the Colin Ray/ Shaz Archer scenario.this detour was risky and it didnt come off. .In the previous books in the series I was holding my breath when McEvoy's or Pharoah's family were endangered,About Valentine I couldn't have cared less.
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I love David Mark's McAvoy series but while it's a bold idea to take our hero out of his home territory, this didn't really work for me. The story is complex but it feels too large-screen for Mark who tends to work with a smaller canvas, filling in detail and minutiae that make the scene feel authentic. Here McAvoy goes to New York to follow up on what's happened to his wife's brother: he's unofficial, he doesn't know his way around, and I missed the usual series characters who get shoe-horned in artificially.

The story itself involves boxers, warring Mafia families and Irish feuds with assassins galore and some gory deaths: to be honest, Mark isn't always the best plotter but he's carried me along in this series with his interesting characters and moral vision. Here he seems to be aiming for something different, Hollywood blockbuster rather than gritty independent and I was left underwhelmed.
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