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The papers want blood.
The force wants results.
The law must be served, whatever the cost.
July 1973. The Glasgow drugs trade is booming and Bobby March, the city’s own rock-star hero, has just ODed in a central hotel.
Alice Kelly is twelve years old, lonely. And missing.
Meanwhile the niece of McCoy’s boss has fallen in with a bad crowd. When she goes AWOL, McCoy is asked—off the books—to find her.
McCoy has a hunch. But does he have enough time?
A Note From the Publisher
The third book in the #HarryMcCoy series sees Detective McCoy track down the disapperances of two young girls, whilst investigating the overdose of one of Glasgow's rock and roll legends.
'Even better than its predecessors . . . Its plot twists and turns, provoking laughter and tears . . . Fascinating and dangerous . . . Parks has clearly studied the masters of tartan noir but has his own voice. He shows how, among the welter of violence, a spontaneous act of kindness can have just as great an impact' The Times, Book of the Month
PRAISE FOR BLOODY JANUARY:
'An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy . . . Think McIlvanney or Get Carter'
'A potent tale of death . . . Alan Parks's excellent first novel propels him into the top class of Scottish noir authors . . . Detective Harry McCoy . . . is so noir that he makes most other Scottish cops seem light grey'
The Times, Book of the Month
'1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood'
'The latest star of Tartan noir — perhaps even a successor to the late, great William McIlvanney . . . Gripping, utterly authentic and nerve-jangling, this novel announces a fine new voice in crime writing'
'Gripping and violent, dark and satisfying. I flew through it'
BRET EASTON ELLIS
'Bloody and brilliant. This smasher from Alan Parks is a reminder of how dark Glasgow used to be'
'[McCoy] is a great character and his patch and period are vividly and skilfully portrayed. Denise Mina and Ian Rankin had better watch out'
'Gripping and well-crafted'
'A blistering plot, unforgettable characters and writing so sharp it's like it's been written with a knife . . . 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
'The plot rattles along with nice twists and turns from the first chapter . . . Fans of Tartan Noir will lap this one up'
Allan Massie, The Scotsman
'A thrilling debut from a very promising talent'
'A riveting journey through the grim and gritty dark side of 1970s Glasgow . . . A powerful slab of tartan noir'
'Pitch-black tartan noir, set in Seventies Glasgow . . . Compelling . . . With an emotional heart that's hard to ignore'
'Excellent . . . Full of surprises, streaked with compassion – that highlights the art of tartan noir. McCoy and Cooper . . . make one hell of a damaged duo. Their fascinating relationship provides the real intrigue'
'[An] engaging tartan noir page turner'
'Parks' writing style is to the point . . . The plot zips along . . . McCoy is a man many will enjoy spending time with. Casting agents will already be weighing which actor should pull on his raincoat'
'The no-holds-barred action and dialogue smack you in the face like a Glasgow kiss. Cracking'