Glasgow’s underbelly in the 1970s is well given life in this debut book by Alan Parks.
A young man commits murder at a Buchanan St. bus station. Shooting a waitress before killing himself.
For DI Harry McCoy the question is why. There isn’t a connection between the two people.
When the murder/suicide leaves a dotted line to the Dunlops, McCoy is at odds with his bosses.
He has a hatred for the wealthy Dunlop family, whom he has run afoul of in the past.
It’s all problematic as McCoy is under the thumb of crime boss Stevie Cooper, going back to their days in a Catholic boys home.
Parks sets the scenes solidly in time, referencing David Bowie in concert, and Scotland losing to England 5-0 in Hampden.
Excellent Scottish noir.
~ June Lorraine
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