The April Dead - A Harry McCoy Thriller (Hardback)Alan Parks (author)
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Harry McCoy returns in another jet-black tale of gangland Glasgow, as a ruthless bomb maker threatens to bring the city to its knees whilst a bitter turf war ignites.
Shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2021
NO ONE WILL FORGET . . .
In a grimy flat in Glasgow, a homemade bomb explodes, leaving few remains to identify its maker.
Detective Harry McCoy knows in his gut that there'll be more to follow. The hunt for a missing sailor from the local US naval base leads him to the secretive group behind the bomb, and their disturbing, dominating leader.
On top of that, McCoy thinks he's doing an old friend a favour when he passes on a warning, but instead he's pulled into a vicious gang feud. And in the meantime, there's word another bigger explosion is coming Glasgow's way - so if the city is to survive, it'll take everything McCoy's got . . .
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 629 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm
'One of the great Scottish crime writers . . . Like the very best crime novels, The April Dead makes you keenly aware of all the pain out there and (almost) alleviates it' - The Times, Book of the Month
Praise for the Harry McCoy series:
'Fascinating and dangerous . . . Parks has clearly studied the masters of tartan noir but has his own voice. He shows how, among the welter of violence, a spontaneous act of kindness can have just as great an impact' - The Times, Book of the Month
'An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy . . . Think McIlvanney or Get Carter' - Ian Rankin
'1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood' - Peter May
'Bloody and brilliant. This smasher from Alan Parks is a reminder of how dark Glasgow used to be' - Louise Welsh
Gripping and violent, dark and satisfying. I flew through it' - Bret Easton Ellis
'Draws the reader in with equal parts of twist and grit . . . It's McCoy, though, who makes this series something special - he's multi-layered and three-dimensional, with his own idiosyncratic work ethic . . . With this third instalment of the McCoy books, Parks has continued to build a series that no crime fan should miss: dangerous, thrilling, but with a kind voice to cut through the darkness' - Scotsman
'Alan Parks has swiftly established himself as an exciting new voice in the world of tartan noir . . . Parks knows the city intimately, and this comes across effortlessly on the page' - Scotland on Sunday
'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
'Parks captures the feel of a city long vanished in a breathless and tense retro crime caper' - The Sun
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“Dark, Gritty, Gripping!”
* 4.5 stars *
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