“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.”
The first in a new series of crime novels from debut author Alan Parks, the next dark and exciting voice in Scottish noir
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GRAND PRIX DE LITTÉRATURE POLICIÈRE
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”
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“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
“1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood”
“The latest star of Tartan noir — perhaps even a successor to the late, great William McIlvanney … Gripping, utterly authentic and nerve-jangling, this novel announces a fine new voice in crime writing”
“Gripping and violent, dark and satisfying. I flew through it”
Bret Easton Ellis
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.