Book of the Month: January

by Alan Parks

“The Boy’s eyes suddenly focused, like he’d just seen McCoy for the first time. He spun his arm round towards him and lined up a shot, pistol aimed square at his head. McCoy froze as the boy adjusted his aim and squeezed the trigger.”

When Detective Harry McCoy arrives at the scene of a double shooting in the middle of a busy Glasgow street, he is sure of one thing. This was not a random act of violence. McCoy must enlist the help of his criminal underworld connections to find out the truth. How long will it be before McCoy himself ends up on the wrong side of the law?

Alan Parks has worked in the music industry for over twenty years. His debut novel Bloody January was one of the top crime debuts of 2018 and was shortlisted for the prestigious international crime prize the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière.


Praise for Bloody January

‘The latest star of Tartan noir — perhaps even a successor to the late, great
William McIlvanney . . . Gripping, utterly authentic and nerve-jangling’
Daily Mail

‘An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy…
Think McIlvanney or Get Carter’
Ian Rankin

‘Vivid and evocative. 1970s Glasgow hewn from
flesh and drawn in blood’
Peter May

‘Bloody and brilliant. This smasher from Alan Parks is a
reminder of how dark Glasgow used to be’
Louise Welsh

‘Gripping and violent, dark and satisfying. I flew through it’
Bret Easton Ellis

‘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

‘[McCoy] is a great character and his patch and period are vividly and skilfully
portrayed. Denise Mina and Ian Rankin had better watch out’
Evening Standard

‘A blistering plot, unforgettable characters and writing so sharp it’s like it’s been written
with a knife. . . Firmly sets Alan Parks in the same league as Ian Rankin and Louise Welsh’
Sarah Pinborough

‘Seriously good. It’s brilliantly evocative of the 1970s in Glasgow. I loved Alan Parks’
characters and I want to read a lot more of Detective Harry McCoy!’
Alex Gray

‘A thrilling debut from a very promising talent’
Ragnar Jonasson

‘Relentlessly readable and so well written I couldn’t believe it was a debut’
Russel D. McLean

‘His style keeps you hooked, each turn making you flip the pages faster, gripped and in
search of the answer . . . A startlingly excellent addition to the Scottish crime scene’
The Skinny

‘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

Publication date: 3rd January 2019
Format: Paperback / EBook
Price: £8.99 / £7.19