The April Dead - A Harry McCoy Thriller (Hardback)Alan Parks (author)
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
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 629 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm
One of the great Scottish crime writers . . . Whether it be William McIlvanney, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina or Alan Parks, the way they view - and depict - the world gives great pleasure . . . 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
This is Scottish noir at its gritty darkest, the fourth instalment in Detective Harry McCoy's rocky career. Behind his bloody-minded disrespect for his superiors and sardonic wit, McCoy is a tough and instinctive copper who learned his skills on the beat. A cracking read - Irish Independent
Brilliant . . . The April Dead should grace the bookshelves of every crime fan - Sunday Times Crime Club
The April Dead may be the grisliest McCoy novel yet, but also, with its pace and urgency, the most exciting - Wall Street Journal
Dark and gritty . . . Gripping - Crime Monthly
Immensely exciting . . . One of the best police thrillers of the last few years - Morning Star
Tightly plotted and fast-moving, this well-wrought historical thriller highlights Parks' keen analysis of Scotland's societal traumas, in particular the failure to cope with domestic violence and child abuse. Tartan noir fans won't want to miss this one - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The lean, muscular prose is matched by a deep dive into character and the seamy side of the city . . . A full-bodied immersion into Glasgow's gritty past - Kirkus Reviews
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
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