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Bloody January 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

  • Title: Bloody January
  • Author: Alan Parks
  • ISBN: 9781786891334
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bloody January By Alan Parks, 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 sWhen 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 establishes Alan Parks as a new and exciting voice in Scottish noir.

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    1. Absolutely Brilliant This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time It is a dark tale where there could never be enough snow to cover the filth, vice, the rising body count, the misogyny and the beginnings of the toll that heroin starts to take on the people of Glasgow Detective Harry McCoy finds him [...]

    2. 4.5 STARS I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is Alan Parks brings 70 s Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel.It s January 1973, it s snowing, it s freezing cold, but it s not going to keep this particular killer from increasing the body count A young man shoots a young woman dead in a busy Glasgow street, he makes no attempt to conceal what he s done, on the contrary [...]

    3. Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch Now he s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street Harry doesn t now it yet but things are about to get much worse So much so that years from now they ll still refer to it as Bloody January.This is a dark police procedural that takes us back to 1973 Glasgow is a gritty, violent place with territorial crime bosses, bent cops an established class system Ther [...]

    4. Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970 s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and drugs The characters are well defined and one can imagine the bleak and cold atmosphere and feel the destitution, pain and the helplessness emanating from the unforgiving streets.

    5. Bloody January Bloody fantastic.Noir fans look no further for a superb read Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks It oozes atmosphere It is dark It is powerful We go back in time to the 1970s To Glasgow, Scotland To the dark underbelly of the city, with its poverty and sidelines in creative criminality We follow Detective Harry McCoy and his young sidekick, Wattie They navigate the harsh landscape with its corruption, dirty dealings and petty criminals The story gets off to [...]

    6. The language in this book really put me off I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much.Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book

    7. First book in what I anticipate hope will be a new series This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit When that hit shortly occurs right in front of him, the trail leads to some pretty powerful people in Glasgow and McCoy is warned off the case multiple times.Detective Harry McCoy at first glance seemed a little cliche ish as he has a troubled past, feud [...]

    8. Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison.Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress.Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their place This debut novel is seriously brilliant and for me it was like watching one of those old cop TV shows come to life between the pages A fast paced and dramatic read, the setting really takes you their The music, the styl [...]

    9. This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970 s in Glasgow Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don t just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated He said no , not a motive, not who the killer would be The shooter then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.Most police think this was just a random act of violence, but McCoy doesn t believe it for a moment Called upon to le [...]

    10. From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, Bloody January, with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction Yes, it s got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new It s set in early 1970 s Glasgow, which doesn t exactly sound like a tourist mecca here Its not the Scotland of castles, lochs, and fabulous golf courses It s a city filled not just with bars, but with slums, drug addicts, vicious crime lords, [...]

    11. In brief Very 70s, very Glaswegian Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times I found it a very good read From the start this book is highly atmospheric It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it can t have been that bad but they were wrong Effectively the whole story takes place in the early part of January 1973 although reference is made to earlier events too Harry McCoy, a cop who may be one of the good guys gets a tip off from an inmate in Barlinnie prison of a f [...]

    12. Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker.From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefarious relationships and hands on methods, and his wet behind the ears sidekick, Wattie as we find ourselves firmly rooted in 1970 s Glasgow The book is peppered with cultural and political references familiar to those [...]

    13. It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city I m not adverse to a gritty, violent story but I don t like reading about drug taking so I did struggle a bit here To be honest Detective McCoy s behaviour was such that I feel he should be sacked immediately and probably jailed Wit [...]

    14. I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Set in 1973, in Glasgow, this mystery told the story of 30 year old detective, Harry McCoy.I like anything set in Scotland ever since the first time I went there and fell in love with it.And I did like this.But the setting of this book meant I could not relate to the characters and found them very annoying.The main character often said some sexist or homophobic stuff and it bothered me.I really did not like being in his head.Th [...]

    15. Thank you Net Galley and the Publisher for allowing me to read and review Bloody January by Alan Parks.The book is what I describe as Scottish noir crime think Rebus in the 70s , and centers around the seeming random killings of a young woman, the boy who killed her and the con who tipped off the police to the crime to be At times it seems as though not one of the characters has any redeeming qualities cops taking drugs, drinking to excess, frequenting ladies of the evening and still trying to s [...]

    16. I would like to thank Netgalley and Canongate Books for an advance copy of Bloody January, the first in a projected series of police procedurals set in 1970s Glasgow to feature detective Harry McCoy.Harry gets a call to go to Barlinnie prison where violent inmate, Howie Nairn, tells him that a young girl called Lorna who works in a posh restaurant is going to be killed soon It s not a lot to go on and Harry doesn t think much of the information but eventually decides to look in to it He locates [...]

    17. really enjoyed this one for a first novel, I was really impressed how this story took off and held my interest from the very first chapter this is rough and tough Glasgow in the early 70 s where crime is gritty and corruption abounds Det McCoy gets the case of young man who shoots a young woman and then himself he is joined by a rookie officer and they create a nice dynamic as they navigate criminals, bosses, hookers, the privileged , etc on their way to getting answers McCoy is no saint himself [...]

    18. I thought Bloody January was a good crime novel and a promising start to a series.Set in Glasgow in January 1973, Harry McCoy is a Detective Inspector who gets a cryptic tip off from a gangster in prison that a murder is about to take place McCoy and his new partner then investigate an increasingly complex case involving Glasgow s seamiest criminal side of drugs, prostitution and violence in which some very rich and powerful people seem to be involved It s a good story, well told Alan Parks writ [...]

    19. 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 .Took me back to the place I spen [...]

    20. Alan ParksBloody January Set in Glasgow this is a fast paced thriller.McCoy is a detective with a lot of underworld friends, when 2 people are found dead in a bus station things really pick up When he goes to speak to the Dunlop s glasgows wealthiest family his boss wants nothing to do with it.4 26 January

    21. 3.5 starts I enjoyed Bloody January, a fast pace gruesome thriller It is very graphic and might disturb some readers This is Alan Parks debut novel and I believe it is the first in McCoy series I liked the author s style It is set in Glasgow in 1973 Detective McCoy, was called by a prisoner, who told him that a young woman will be killed the next day When he went to check for her, he witnesses her murder, a young man killed Lorna coldblooded and then killed himself At first it looks like a domes [...]

    22. Wow What a debut novel The story follows detective Harry McCoy set in the 1970 s in dark, miserable Glasgow The pace was fast moving, full of twists and turns Very well written, very graphic with lots of bad language which is fitting for the story Definitely not for the faint hearted I absolutely loved it, a gripping page turner which I really hope is the start of a fantastic series Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for my advance copy in return for an honest review.

    23. I requested this book after seeing it was set in 1970s Glasgow and it didn t disappoint.One of the biggest surprises of this book is it s a debut The written is so descriptive of the era, the characters brilliantly written and the pace keeps you reading I would have guessed this was a well seasoned author.Even if you don t know Glasgow, the areas where the story takes place are so well described you can imagine them pretty easily Most of the ares are run down, full of crime and run by gangs help [...]

    24. My final review of 2017 needed to be something a little bit special, and the good news is that Bloody January by Alan Parks is exactly that Time for an old school crime novel set during the 1970s in a city with a notorious reputation for violence.I ve long since held the belief that the best detectives are the ones who are a complete shambles as a human being Harry McCoy is no exception He has a childhood friend who is a psychopathic gangster on him in a minute , a relationship with alcohol and [...]

    25. This is a very good debut novel, set in Glasgow in January 1973 It s well written and it captures the time and place extremely well McCoy s Glasgow is a cold, dark, miserable place populated by violent criminals, drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, the lost and the dispossessed It certainly isn t a nice, cosy detective novel It s gritty, dark and bloody.It opens with Detective Harry McCoy making his way through Barlinnie prison having been summoned there apparently by an inmate, who tells McC [...]

    26. This book is set in Glasgow in January 1973 and a very snowy Glasgow at that The main characters are Detective McCoy, a policeman with demons than most His mother left when he was young leaving him in the care of his hopeless, alcoholic father which resulted in him being brought up in the care system where he gained a protector by the name of Cooper, who became one of Glasgow s main drug lords which caused a bit of tension with McCoy s boss.McCoy finds himself being shadowed by a young detectiv [...]

    27. Over recent years, Scottish Noir has become established as a major genre within crime fiction, and the works of Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride and Val McDermid have become bestsellers all around the world All three of those authors have favoured dark crimes committed against grisly settings, investigated by gritty cops who are prepared to cross the customary lines of propriety and fair play in order to secure a result.Harry McCoy, protagonist of Alan Parks debut novel Bloody January, is another dec [...]

    28. When Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie Jail and told by an inmate that a girl will be killed in the morning he is skeptical but follows it up The next morning the girl is killed and her killer shoots himself McCoy is then drawn into a complex case which brings him face to face with a couple of old adversaries McCoy is also trying to fight his connections to Cooper, a local crime kingpin who wants to take control of the burgeoning heroin trade in Glasgow In the first few days of 1973, drugs, p [...]

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