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

MurderInCommon.com is a Feedspot Top 100 Crime Novel Blog

Categories: ReviewsTags: , , , , , , , ,

10 comments

  1. Love the idea of Scottish noir!

    Liked by 1 person

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

    Liked by 1 person

  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!

    Like

  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…

    Liked by 1 person

Please leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blue and White Home

A Blog Devoted to Interiors

James L'Etoile

murder, mystery & mayhem

drficticity

books books and love

Life of Chaz

Welcome to My Life

LIVE AND DEADLY

(Mostly) Fiction reviews with a crime slant

Frosty Grows

A journey from the freezer to the world, through a human oven

Blog Site of Gabriele R.

Post, news, diary... All the world around me, ALL THE WORDS AROUND YOU

Age is Only a Number

You're not limited, but liberated with age to do whatever you want to.

Snowbird of Paradise

Living and Learning in Alberta and California

Refined Side

Living La Vie en Luxe

Lara Trace Hentz

News around Indian Country

Unlawful Acts

Small and Indie Press Crime Fiction

Going Batty in Wales

Developing a more sustainable lifestyle in SW Wales

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Hankerings

From cheeseburgers to foie gras — eat what you hanker for.

Where to next?

Riding in cars with dogs

Kate Clark Flora

Mystery & Crime Author

The Tattooed Book Geek

'just a nobody with a blog'

Trail-Stained

Walk Everywhere

%d bloggers like this: