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May God Forgive by Alan Parks
Publisher: Canongate Books
Source: Random Things Tours
Amazon, Hive, Waterstones
About The Book
Glasgow is a city in mourning. An arson attack on a Royston hairdresser’s has left five women and children dead, and a community reeling. People, more used to turning a blind eye to criminality, erupt now with rage.
When three youths are charged with the crime, an angry mob gathers outside the courthouse, the prisoners are snatched from a police van and disappear. Days later the body of one is found with a note attached to his mutilated body – ‘One down, two to go’.
Detective Harry McCoy comes from these streets; his feral childhood battling to survive on them still haunts him years on. But it also gives him an insight into the soul of Royston and the people who control it. Time is ticking, and Harry must confront his own past and figures that haunt him still to prevent another body being found on its mean streets.
Life is never black and white; it’s grey, different types of grey, you only have to choose which shade is your favourite!
I always think that Detective Harry McCoy loves working in the grey zone; he is not a bad police officer, on the contrary, he always searches for the truth even when he has to go against all his beliefs. But, he is not a saint, his friends are quite dubious but they always have his back and I think this is the most important part of his job.
This is not an easy case to investigate or to read; a fire that took 5 people, women and children; one possible suicide and one strangulation. How can these victims be related? They don’t know each other; but it seems too much of a coincidence that they have just died within a few days… But don’t let your hopes down, even if Harry has been ill for the last months and he is not a 100%, he is like a dog with a bone, he will not stop asking questions to everyone involved till he will find all the answers.
I have to say that even if this is a dark story I really enjoyed the book; McCoy seems quite a scary character and I will not talk about his friends! But he has a soft heart for his friends and family that you can feel on every page.
This is the 5th book of the Harry McCoy series, but believe me that you can read it as standalone, every detail and connection is fully explained, you will not feel lost again.
If you are looking for a dark and gripping crime book, this is your book, believe me.
Are you ready for “May God Forgive”?
About The Author
ALAN PARKS captures the dark beating heart of 70s Glasgow in his highly acclaimed Harry McCoy series.
Parks has spent most of his working life dealing with the production of images for Musical Artists, as Creative Director at London Records in the mid 1990’s then at Warner Music. From cover artwork to videos to photo sessions, he created ground-breaking, impactful campaigns for a wide range of artists including All Saints, New Order, The Streets, Gnarls Barclay and Cee Lo Green. He was also Managing Director of 679 Recordings, a joint venture with Warner Music. For the past few years he has worked as an independent visual and marketing consultant.
Alan was born in Scotland and attended The University of Glasgow where he was awarded a M.A. in Moral Philosophy. He still lives and works in the city as well as spending time in London.