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February's Son

(Harry McCoy #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Bodies are piling up with grisly messages carved into their chests. Rival gangs are competing for control of Glasgow’s underworld and it seems that Cooper, McCoy’s oldest gangster friend, is tangled up in it all.

Detective Harry McCoy’s first day back at work couldn’t have gone worse.

New drugs have arrived in Glasgow, and they’ve brought a different kind of violence to the
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by World Noir
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Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alan Parks writes the darkest of Scottish Noir and establishes himself as a heavyweight crime fiction author with this sequel to his debut, the harrowing Bloody January, set in a brutal Glasgow in the winter of 1973. DI Harry McCoy has been recalled early by Chief Inspector Hector Murray to lead an investigation into the gruesome murder of a promising Celtic footballer, whose fiancee just happens to be Elaine Scobie, the daughter of a ageing Glasgow gang leader. The suspect is clear from the beg ...more
Roman Clodia
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noirest of noir set in 1970s Glasgow: brutal and violent throughout though not without dark humour at times. The plot is weird and perhaps goes too far on the bonkers side... but the portrayal of gangland politics and the complicity of the police evens out the strange stuff. What makes this so compelling are the characters: McCoy caught between his troubled past and his police present, Connor and Murray as his good and bad 'angels'. The writing is taut and atmospheric - yes, I'm in for more of t ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
February’s Son is the second book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It’s February 1973 and Harry is just back at the Glasgow Police Force after a three-week break that included compulsory visits to the Police psychologist. But straight off, DCI Murray has him at a bloody and brutal murder scene: a football star has been drugged and mutilated and left on the roof of a building under construction.

The victim’s prospective father-in-law, a Glasgow crime figure, is certain it
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In brief - Darkly nasty and very powerful at times. Not a bad read at all.

In full
This story starts with a nicely nasty prologue and then Harry McCoy is back. There is an unpleasant murder scene of someone who may be well known. Assorted bodies are involved in this dark police story from 1970s Glasgow.

The book essentially carries on from the author's earlier book Bloody January. The characters are allowed to develop further in this book and McCoy seems little changed from the last book. However
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
February's Son by Alan Marks is the second police procedural involving troubled Glasgow detective Harry McCoy. Harry, who is still drinking too much, as well as other things, now finds himself in a seemingly stable relationship, while still dealing with his own past. The novel opens with the discovery of a mutilated murder victim on the rainy roof of building under construction. The murder is soon linked to a local crime boss which includes a widening net of characters, including Stevie Cooper, ...more
Sid Nuncius
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
February’s Son is another very good, very dark thriller from Alan Parks.

Be warned, this is about as Noir as it gets; it’s cold, wet and dark all the time, there is some horrible violence and some very unpleasant characters, plus liberal (although entirely realistic) use of the f- and c-words. Parks is a good enough writer to forge this into a convincing and gripping novel.

It is February 1973 in Glasgow, just a few weeks after the events of Bloody January (which I would recommend you read first).
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the latest in the Glasgow crime noir thriller based in early 1970's Glasgow and its very dark and gritty and doesn't disappoint. this time the backdrop is the growing drug problem and tensions with the gangs and the death of a leading gang leader. like the lead character who is a damaged soul and on the edge and find parks is a new voice of Scottish crime noir
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It’s been three weeks since the events of that bloody January. Harry McCoy is about to return to work with the Glasgow police hoping for some more quiet times. But when Murray calls him in early, he knows that it must be serious: a young football stars has been found, not just killed but also mutilated. It is obvious quickly that his fame as sports stars wasn’t the reason for his killing, it is much more his engagement with the daughter one of Glasgow’s underworld bosses. And then it all gets ve ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley Netgalley and Cannongate Books for an advance copy of February’s Son, the second novel to feature detective Harry McCoy of the Glasgow Police.

When rising football star, Charlie Jackson is found mutilated and dead, alarm bells ring all over “the shop” as he was engaged to the daughter of ganglord, Jake Scobie. McCoy is called in early from leave to work the case but with his past coming back to haunt him and his criminal friend, Stevie Cooper, getting entangled in
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I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Alan Parks, and World Noir Publishers, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.

Pub date Feb 19, 2019
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is always a frisson of hesitancy when you start reading the second novel by an author whose inaugural novel is outstanding. There is that sense of worry that the first book was a one of and book two can’t possibly hope to compare. Bloody January by Alan Parks was such a stellar debut I was concerned he couldn’t possibly repeat the feat with the second Harry McCoy novel. The good news is my fears were entirely groundless. February’s Son is as good, if not better, as its predecessor.

Mary Picken
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading February’s Son is like taking a grand tour of the mean streets of 1970’s Glasgow, primarily through its drinking dens. From The Variety to Mallons to the Muscular Arms, by way of the St. Enoch Hotel, this is No Mean City with added inside cludgies and a facsimile of veneer.

It doesn’t come a whole lot darker than this and yet the Glasgow humour finds a way through as well as the clear understanding that it doesn’t matter who you are in this city; it’s where you came from and who you grew
Alyson Read
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in 1973, this is the second Harry McCoy novel and follows on a few weeks after the end of book 1, "Bloody January". And what an excellent sequel it is! Harry is a detective in the Glasgow police force, quite an achievement for a boy who grew up in various children's homes and with foster parents until enrolling at age sixteen. Part of his survival is due to the protection from his continuing friendship with Stevie Cooper who ended on up on the other side of the law running prostitutes, deali ...more
Jo-anne Atkinson
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Celtic's star striker is found murdered and mutilated the Glasgow police force have a pool of suspects. It's too horrific to be sectarian but given that the victim was the fiance of the only daughter of the Northside crime boss there's a big pool of suspects. This is quickly narrowed down to an ex employee. However as Harry McCoy investigates further he finds that his past and the present are set on a collision course and he may not escape.
I really enjoyed the first Harry McCoy book and thi
Joanne Cartwright
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
very dark, very descriptive and with a very anti-hero, hero!
February's son throws you straight in at the deep end with a seemingly quite corrupt 1970s police force, a grisly murder with more bodies piling up, drugs galore and a lead detective who is having problems of his own over and above the body count.
The pace is fast and the descriptions are pretty gruesome but the writing transports you to 1970s Glasgow incredibly effectively (well, as far as I can say having not been there in that era!).
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book follows on from " Bloody January " and is the second novel in the Detective Harry McCoy series. This Scottish Noir novel is not for the faint hearted being violent and very descriptive throughout, with very colourful language and gruesome scenes.
With all his failings the character of Harry McCoy is further developed among the hard men and criminals of 1970's Glasgow but his past continues to haunt him. Harry has his own demons, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and violence and his career in
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Martha Brindley
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second novel to feature Detective Harry Mc Coy and just as dark as the first one...but even better! Set in 1970's Glasgow this book took me back to my youth living in Glasgow. Gangland warfare, murders, violence, a weird plot,excellent writing and a touch of dark humour thrown in. What's not to love? I look forward to reading more. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.
Second outing for Harry McCoy who polices the mean streets of Glasgow in the 1970s. Some very gruesome murders, lots of drugs and policemen who walk a very thin line between saint and sinner. This is shaping up to be an excellent series and Parks is giving crime fiction's established stars a run for their money.
Linda Boa
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sublime 70s set Tartan Noir

Loved this book, with Alan Parks proving he's no one trick pony after Bloody January. The challenge will be for us crime fans to contain ourselves for a whole 13 months (presumably) for the next, March-themed title. It won't be an easy wait!
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is good. Depressing. But good
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