Dark Winter Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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'An unusual and accomplished debut with tight plotting and intelligent writing' Daily Mail. (Daily Mail)
'[David Mark] brings alive the remoteness of Hull from the rest of Yorkshire and the financial decay of the area. Highly recommended. I look forward to the next book' Euro Crime. (Euro Crime)
'Fast-moving and tightly plotted, with strong characterisation and a likeable protagonist, this is an extremely promising debut' Guardian. (Guardian)
'The Dark Winter is an exceptional debut from an exciting new talent. David Mark is an original and captivating new voice' Val McDermid. (Val McDermid)
'David Mark has the potential to be one of the stars of British crime writing' Shots. (Shots)
The Sunday Times bestselling first instalment in the Hull-Based DS Aector McAvoy series.See all Product Description
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I can give no higher praise than to say that I woke up at 4 this morning, couldn't get back to sleep so I reached for the nearest book, figuring that a couple of pages would see me back snoring. 20 chapters later the book was done, light peeping round the curtains and my mind still racing from the concluding action.
The use of location and environment to give a huge dose of gritty reality, the refreshingly different main character, and just sheer storytelling ability lead to a really gripping tale. I'm reminded of the non-SF work of Iain Banks in a number of ways - although whether or not the author would be pleased to be dubbed 'Hull's answer to Iain Banks' is another matter!
I look forward to seeing the next instalment in what will hopefully be a long series, and am already hoping for a future TV adaptation.
The misunderstood detective with a tragic past considered by his colleagues as ready to put out to grass.
A tired plot where the reader can see the connection between events early on, but the clever detectives (and our hero) seem unable to draw obvious conclusions.
A sound enough novel but hardly challenging.
It got worse when we were introduced to his immediate boss. A dreadful blend of Juliet Bravo and Helen Mirren. A female senior officer trying to be one of the lads, a mother and a flirty siren. No, no, no. This just does not work. There is no way, in the circumstances, that she would be sitting in a car, gripping the thigh of a junior colleague. The relationship is implausible and unnatural and when you lose credibility of the two main characters, it's an uphill struggle.
The dialogue often seemed contrived, with attempts to introduce humour, intended to be sardonic, failing. Hull felt unremittingly bleak and desolate; somewhere between hope and desolation but no half way house. This is possibly one of the most frustrating reviews I've ever written. I wanted to enjoy the book, but I didn't. I love crime fiction, but this one missed the mark.
However in this debut novel we have too much back-story and confusion that like his boss Pharoah says "People don't know what to make of you.....They can't read you." He is a complex character but I think more was said than was needed to draw a basic picture of him. Can't get the marital "love" - stinking of a women's perfume yet his wife knows he would cheat on her. Yet through his eyes all the female characters are seen as fanciable in some way. Loved Fin and feel plenty to build on in future books just overloaded in the first one. Perhaps this book was so long in the writing it all gushed out.
Amid all this over-writing of McAvoy's providence overlays a plot that doesn't hold together. The crime team seem clueless and all pulling in different directions. Suspects are arrested on a whim without answering to anyone, to the point where physically he could not have been the perpetrator fighting McAvoy the eyewitness whose statement appears to be ignored. The like a a motive and a link between the crimes takes for ever to drop and once it is seen, a confession is sought rather than seeking information from him as he must know the real killer.
Liked the book but overdrawn character and the complicated, not hanging together plot, spoil the actual enjoyment of the read. The warped thinking of the killer could sustain the novel if it was revealed differently in my opinion so I am a little disappointed as I recognise this could have been a terrific thriller of a crime mystery.
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Dark Winter by David Mark
I've had this book for a long time before a recommendation from a book club brought it to the top of my TBR pile. How have I missed it before? Read more
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Set in the city of Hull, this debut mystery/thriller from crime reporter David Mark introduces us to Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy, whose... Read more
This is a dark, bleak and atmospheric police procedural with a strong sense of location in Hull. It is a rain sodden, grim and rundown city in economic decline with high... Read morePublished 12 days ago by sevenpin
Well written story with great new detective . Looking forward to many adventures with Aector.Published 1 month ago by Janet hall
Iam from hull ,so it was nice to read and know where the places , can't wait to read the next one .Published 4 months ago by louise blurton
My reading of choice are crime thrillers and although I have discovered some excellent authors, as many again are writing for the wrong genre and should turn their talents to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Archie
Was unsure of this book when I started the first chapter, but what an excellent story. Well done to this gentleman for a page turning readPublished 6 months ago by Jean Naysmith
Well written, engaging characters. Good read for anyone from hullPublished 6 months ago by Ray Bagnall