Author(s): Alan Parks
'An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy ... Think McIlvanney or Get Carter.' - Ian RankinWhen 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.
An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy . . . Think McIlvanney or Get Carter -- IAN RANKIN Bloody and brilliant. This smasher from Alan Parks is a reminder of how dark Glasgow used to be -- LOUISE WELSH Vivid and evocative. Bloody January is 1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood -- PETER MAY Bloody January is seriously good. It's brilliantly evocative of the 1970s in Glasgow (and I should know as I was there!). I loved Alan Parks' characters and I want to read a lot more of Detective Harry McCoy please! -- ALEX GRAY A brilliant debut. Taut, violent and as close as you'll get to 1970s Glasgow without a TARDIS. Parks is a natural successor to William McIIvanney -- JOHN NIVEN A blistering plot, unforgettable characters and writing so sharp it's like it's been written with a knife: what more could you ask? Detective McCoy is a true noir antihero and the perfect guide through the vice and violence of Glasgow's underbelly. Bloody January firmly sets Alan Parks in the same league as Ian Rankin and Louise Welsh -- SARAH PINBOROUGH, bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES When my first novel was published a quarter of a century ago, Scottish crime fiction was still a fairly small pond. Today it's a loch, in which Alan Parks is likely to become a big fish, if this gripping and well-crafted debut enjoys the success it deserves -- QUINTIN JARDINE An authentic freefall through Glasgow's criminal underworld from a great, intriguing new Scottish voice -- JENNI FAGAN A barnstormer of a crime novel that takes the police procedural and gives it a well-deserved shake. Detective Harry McCoy digs under the surface of 70s Glasgow in all its contradictory glory. Bloody January is relentlessly readable and so well written I couldn't believe it was a debut -- RUSSEL D. McLEAN Set in 1970s Glasgow where violence is a language everyone speaks, Bloody January is a deliciously dark read. One to be read with the lights on and the doors locked, this book is a must-have for lovers of McIlvanney and all things noir -- LESLEY KELLY
Alan Parks has worked in the music industry for over twenty years. He lives and works in Glasgow.