Alan Parks has worked in the music industry for over twenty years. His debut novel Bloody January was shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He lives and works in Glasgow. The April Ceremony is the fourth Harry McCoy thriller.
‘February’s Son is an excellent sequel — full of surprises, streaked with compassion — that highlights the art of tartan noir. McCoy, trying to work out “what’s right and what’s wrong”, and Cooper, who just does “what has to be done”, make one hell of a damaged duo.’
“Bloody January, Alan Parks’s excellent first novel, propels him into the top class of Scottish noir authors. Glasgow detective Harry McCoy, a shambolic mess dedicated to the truth, is so noir that he makes most other Scottish cops seem light grey”
“ALAN Parks is an amiable bear of a man who these days spends his time wandering around Glasgow thinking up ways to murder people. No, don’t worry. His criminal activities are purely fictional. Parks is that not-so-rare thing these days, a Scottish crime writer. His first novel Bloody January is out now”
“When I started writing Bloody January I wanted to write about Glasgow and I wanted to write a book about the different kind of people who lived there in the early seventies. A crime story seemed to be the best way to explore the different levels of society, from homeless people living on the streets to the landed Gentry in their huge houses in the country … So I ended up writing a ‘Tartan Noir’. Definition seems to be pretty broad but mostly they are novels set in Scotland containing some element of crime in the plot. Here are five of my favourites”
“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.”