Bloody January

Alan Parks

The Boy's eyes suddenly focused, like he'd just seen McCoy for the first time. He spun his arm round towards him and lined up a shot, pistol aimed square at his head. McCoy froze as the boy adjusted his aim and squeezed the trigger.
Bloody January by Alan Parks (Hardback ISBN 9781786891334) book cover

Available as Hardback, eBook

28 December 2017

The first in a new series of crime novels from debut author Alan Parks, the next dark and exciting voice in Scottish noir

When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn’t a random act of violence.

With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead the investigation but soon runs up against a secret society led by Glasgow’s wealthiest family, the Dunlops.

McCoy’s boss doesn’t want him to investigate. The Dunlops seem untouchable. But McCoy has other ideas …

In a helter-skelter tale - winding from moneyed elite to hipster music groupies to the brutal gangs of the urban wasteland - Bloody January brings to life the dark underbelly of 1970s Glasgow and introduces a dark and electrifying new voice in Scottish noir.


“An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy … Think McIlvanney or Get Carter
Ian Rankin

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“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 well-crafted”
Quintin Jardine

“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


Alan Parks

Alan Parks was born in Scotland and attended the University of Glasgow where he was awarded a M.A. in Moral Philosophy. He still lives and works in the city. He has spent most of his working life in music. From cover artwork to videos to photo sessions, he created groundbreaking campaigns for a wide range of artists including All Saints, New Order, The Streets, Gnarls Barkley and CeeLo Green. He was also Managing Director of 679 Recordings.