Alan Parks: Bloody January


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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10 comments

  1. Love the idea of Scottish noir!

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  2. This sounds like a nice different kind of story.

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  3. Sounds intriguing! Another good Glaswegian crime novel is Ed’s Dead. I hadn’t known about Glasgow’s rough reputation until reading a couple of these books!

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  4. I am too lazy to remember how to appropriately post a comment, so hey. I think I’ve read one of his books… enjoyed it.. don’t remember the title, but the names of the author and the hero seem muy familiar…

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