Adam Colclough lives and works in the West Midlands, he writes regularly for a number of websites, one day he will get round to writing a book for someone else to review.
Hull in the bleak midwinter, three bodies lie
in the morgue victims of brutal but, seemingly, unconnected crimes. The one
link between all three victims is that earlier in their lives they each cheated
death. To Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy it looks like someone is trying to
even up the score and it’s up to him to find out who before they have chance to
Dark Winter is the first
outing for David Mark and McAvoy; they both make an assured start and promise
good things to come.
David Mark has a good feel for the
decidedly downbeat atmosphere of Hull,
a town that has been on its uppers for years and yet somehow keeps stumbling
on. The same could be said for his characters, they may have cheated the grim
reaper but that hasn’t prevented life from dealing the some pretty poor cards.
In Aector McAvoy he has created a central
character with the right mixture of sensitive introspection and two fisted
toughness to appeal to readers who like to have a troubled cop to go with their
weekly ration of murder any mayhem. It may be a little early to say so, but on
the strength of this first outing David Mark and Aector McAvoy could soon
attract favourable comparisons with, respectively, Ian Rankin and John Rebus.
This is certainly one of the most
accomplished debut novels I have read recently, it takes its readers into some
truly dark places and its author has an admirable sensitivity for landscape and
character. On this showing David Mark has the potential to be one of the stars
of British crime writing.
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