‘Bloody January’ – Gritty debut novel from Alan Parks set in Glasgow in 1973. An evocative story capturing the bleakness and despair of a city teetering on the edge of a heroin epidemic. When a young man shoots a girl on a crowded street and a prisoner who knew it was to happen is knifed to death in the prison shower block Detective Harry McCoy uses his underworld connections including childhood friend and protector, now criminal kingpin, Stevie Cooper, to find the truth. All roads seem to lead to one of Scotland’s richest and most influential families but McCoy is blocked at every turn. In McCoy Parks has created a memorable character who skates on the edge of criminality but with a sense of justice and purpose. Hard hitting, violent and dark this is an outstanding first book.