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Bloody January

(2017)
(The first book in the Harry McCoy series)
A novel by

 
 
A Glasgow detective goes up against a wealthy family whose corruption runs deep in this gritty noir series debut set in 1970s Scotland.

Glasgow, 1973. As poverty and crime drag the city deeper into a heroin epidemic, fighting in the streets has become depressingly mundane. But when an eighteen-year-old boy shoots a young woman dead in broad daylight and then commits suicide, Det. Harry McCoy knows it can’t be a simple act of random violence. With a newbie partner in tow, McCoy hunts down leads through the underworld, all of which lead to a secret society run by Glasgow’s wealthiest family, the Dunlops.

Among their inner circle, every nefarious predilection is catered to at the expense of society’s most vulnerable—including McCoy’s best friend from reformatory school, drug-tsar Stevie Cooper, and his on-off girlfriend, a prostitute named Janey. But with McCoy’s boss calling off the hounds, and his boss’ boss unleashing their own, the Dunlops seem to be untouchable. McCoy has other ideas.

“Parks’ debut novel has an in-your-face immediacy that matches its protagonist. Compelling portraits of minor characters tucked into several scenes add texture and interest.” —Kirkus Reviews

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"An authentic freefall through Glasgow's criminal underworld from a great, intriguing new Scottish voice." - Jenni Fagan

"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!" - Alex Gray

"Gripping and well-crafted." - Quintin Jardine

"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

"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

"1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood." - Peter May

"A brilliant debut. Taut, violent and as close you'll get to 1970s Glasgow without a tardis." - John Niven

"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

"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


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Used availability for Alan Parks's Bloody January

Hardback Editions

December 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Bloody January (A Harry McCoy Thriller)
Author(s): Alan Parks
ISBN: 1-78689-133-6 / 978-1-78689-133-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bloody January (A Harry McCoy Thriller)
Author(s): Alan Parks
ISBN: 1-78689-136-0 / 978-1-78689-136-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bloody January (Harry Mccoy)
Author(s): Alan Parks
ISBN: 1-60945-448-0 / 978-1-60945-448-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: World Noir
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bloody January
Author(s): Alan Parks
ISBN: 1-78689-134-4 / 978-1-78689-134-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Trade
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

April 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Bloody January (Harry Mccoy, 1)
Author(s): Alan Parks
ISBN: 1-68457-358-0 / 978-1-68457-358-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bloody January: Harry McCoy Series, Book 1
Author(s): Alan Parks
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Bloody January: Harry McCoy Series, Book 1
Author(s): Alan Parks
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bloody January: Harry McCoy Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Alan Parks
Publisher: Avid Audio
Availability: Amazon   


January 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Bloody January: Harry McCoy Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Alan Parks
Publisher: Avid Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


January 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Bloody January: Harry McCoy Thriller, Book 1
Author(s): Alan Parks
Publisher: Avid Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Bloody January (Harry McCoy series)
Author(s): Alan Parks
ISBN: 1-5100-8758-3 / 978-1-5100-8758-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Bloody January (The Harry McCoy Novels Book 1)
Author(s): Alan Parks
Publisher: World Noir
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


December 2017 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bloody January (A Harry McCoy Thriller Book 1)
Author(s): Alan Parks
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU