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February's Son

(Harry McCoy #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  136 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
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Published February 26th 2019 by World Noir (first published February 19th 2019)
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Maureen
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️

DI Harry McCoy’s second outing, has him up against a serial killer with a penchant for carving messages into his victim’s chests. This is 70’s Glasgow - a time of infamous street gangs, where the mere thrill of violence for the sake of it, was replaced by a need to also protect one’s patch, and therefore one’s profits, with the growing supply in illegal drugs.

It’s against this backdrop that McCoy returns to work bruised and battered from his previous case, to discover that a former m
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Paromjit
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
James Thane
Glasgow police detective Harry McCoy, the protagonist of Alan Parks's debut novel, Bloody January, returns in February's Son. The story takes place during a freezing winter in the 1970s, and McCoy is still recovering from the events that occurred in the first book when he is assigned a new case involving the brutal murder of a promising young footballer. The victim has been hacked to death and a message has been carved into his chest.

It turns out that the murdered man was engaged to marry Elaine
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Miriam Smith
After reading Alan Parks’ impressive debut novel “Bloody January” and thoroughly enjoying, I was looking forward immensely to joining Detective Inspector Harry McCoy again in the second in the series “February’s Son”.
Wow! Move aside Ian Rankin, there’s a new author in town! For #TartanNoir set in 1970’s Glasgow, this is the best series I’ve ever read with its characters, storylines, narrative and ambience, making it stand out with true distinction.
I was very pleased to see McCoy’s sidekick Watt
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Louise Wilson
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry McCoy #2

Harry McCoy has his work cut out. It's 1970 Glasgow and there's a psychopath on the loose. A young man has been found brutally murdered in a multi storey car park. He was a well known football player and the son-in-law of one of Glasgows crime bosses. But soon the bodies start to mount.

You can tell the author has done his research before writing this book. This is a dark read that covers: drugs, gang warfare and lots of violence. The characters are believable and the storyline is w
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Col
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p, 2019
Synopsis/blurb....

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 broken city. The law of the street is changing and now demons from McCoy's past are coming back to haunt hi
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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
Louise Wilson
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry McCoy #2

HareynMcCoy has his work cut out. It's 1970's Glasgowand there's a psychopath on the loose. A young man has been brutally murdered I a multi storey car park. He was a well known football player and the in-son-law of one of Glasgows crime bosses. But soon the bodies start to mount up.

You can tell the author has done his research before writing this book. This is a dark read that covers drugs, gang warfare and lots of violence. The characters are believable and the storyline is well
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Brenda
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Detective Harry McCoy is one tortured individual, and his secret history extends for years. I love the characters in this series. McCoy, Murray, Wattie, and even Stevie. Two books in and they feel like old friends already.

As with the first book, the author stayed with his daily schedule, this time starting with February 10, 1973.

And a warning. Strong language, drug use, and alcohol use are prevalent. Child abuse is part of the theme.

Third book is coming next month!
Marianne
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
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Nigel
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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
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Eric
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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).
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Rachel Hall
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uncompromising 1970s Tartan noir with a damaged & morally conflicted protagonist. Utterly compelling.

After my unexpected enjoyment of Alan Parks’s fascinating debut, Bloody January, I was eagerly awaiting my second visit to the Glasgow of the 1970s that he so vividly captures and another encounter with morally conflicted DS Harry McCoy, whose own demons play havoc with his mental stability and blur the boundaries of his policing. Three weeks after the events of Bloody January, his statutory appo
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Stephen
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
K
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the follow-up to Alan Parks' debut novel, it is my first experience with the author. And all I can say is, "brilliant!" This is one of the best books I've read this year, and I will eagerly seek out the first of his novels, Bloody January. But, let's talk about February's Son, which features a brutal series of murders in Glasgow during the winter of 1973.

Parks talents include a gripping plot, complete with compelling and believable settings. One can feel the damp cold penetrati
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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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Tom Mc Kenna
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning Alan Parks's Detective McCoy books are not to be read by the faint hearted. What Scarface was to American film crime drama January's Blood and February's Son is to Noir crime novels. The author's excellent writing style will have you step back in time to a very seedy and bleak Glasgow, Scotland. I sincerely hope that the series will continue with the rest of the months.
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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
Ria
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A local football hero is brutally slaughtered in Glasgow and Harry McCoy and Murray are on the case.
But this isn't an isolated incident, it isn't long before more bodies turn up and one of the gang overlords takes a hit in the river.
Can the duo stop this bloodbath?
With the death of the gang boss new factions are forming in a wasteland full of drink and drugs.
Meanwhile aspects of this case are bringing some ghosts back to haunt Harry but can he deal with them at the same time?
This book has it all
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Alyson Read
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jason Allison
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Parks is the real deal. I’ve never wanted to visit a bleak, run down city of decades past as much as he makes me want to visit Harry McCoy’s Glasgow. Hope he’s around for a long time.
Lou Jacobs
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" Bye, Bye " is carved into the chest of the tortured and mutilated corpse of 22 year old Charley Jackson .... once promising Glasgow Celtic footballer .... whose only apparent fault is being the fiance of gangster Jake Scobie's daughter, Elaine. Multiple murders ensue resulting in turmoil on the mean streets of 1973 Glasgow .with rival gangs attempting to slaughter their way to the top. Suspected immediately as the killer is Jake's enforcer, Kevin Connolly, who had developed an unhealthy obsess ...more
Pile By the Bed
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alan Parks continues his dark, tartan noir series only weeks after the end of his debut Bloody January. That book, set in a grimy Glasgow in 1973, introduced detective Harry McCoy, a man with a dark and traumatic past, trying to do the right thing while managing his personal demons.
Harry McCoy is back on the job after the injuries sustained at the end of Bloody January. Before long is on the case – investigating the gruesome murder of a Celtic football star who also happened to be dating the dau
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Jill Lawson
The cover told me that Alan Parks is "in the same league as Ian Rankin and Louise Welsh". I don't know Louise but disagree re Ian Rankin unless you count being a crime story set in Scotland as a "league". It is an unnecessarily long read with lots of violence, boring dialogueand unconvincing characters. It uses the well-worn technique of interspersing the main plot development with sections in italics from the view-point of the "villain". Particularly annoying was the word "wee" (wee notebook, w ...more
Seán B
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harry McCoy is back in this second installment of the series. Its Glasgow 1973 and Harry is back on the job after recuperating and being signed off to come back to work after the events of [Bloody January - Book 1]
Harry and Wattie are called to a gruesome scene of a death of a young Celtic footballer Charlie Jackson who has been brutally murdered and the murderer has left a signature for them to follow up.
Harry's boss Murray is reluctant to throw Harry back in so soon but has no choice in such
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Bonnye Reed
Dec 19, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition


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
lizzie
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
February's Son

I loved the first book in the Harry McCoy series, and I absolutely loved this one too.

I love Alan Parks style of writing, and I love the character of Harry McCoy. Yes, he certainly lives life on the wild side, especially for a police officer, but he also has a big heart, and more often than not, means well.

February 's Son was a real page turner and impossible to put down, I can't wait to get my teeth stuck into the next book
Paul
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Picking
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Mary Picken
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
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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. He lives and works in Glasgow.

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