A police thriller set in Hull and its surroundings – that’s not something you read every day! In fact, this is the seventh book in this series of novels featuring DS Aector McAvoy, although this is the first time I’ve come across them.
The story kicks off in the migrant camps of Calais, before relocating swiftly to Humberside, where a kidnapping and murder soon lead into very murky waters indeed, where ghosts from McAvoy’s past come back to haunt him, as old grudges and equally old enemies resurface. The plot becomes ever more complex and convoluted, with some scenes of quite graphic violence, and a good twist at the end. The book does contain a number of references to the previous novels, but it still works perfectly well as a stand-alone work. McAvoy is a sort of Rebus or Logan McRae type of character, but much more family oriented, having two young children at home, which gives the book a slightly unusual perspective.
Very gripping, a tale of failed promises and regrets – I’ll certainly be going back to the beginning of this series and working my way through the preceding novels over the coming months.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Rankin, MacBride, ‘noir’ style crime novels with a bit of an unusual angle, both in terms of characters and location.
One thing you’ve learned
The author spent seven years working as a crime reporter in Hull for the Yorkshire Post, and it shows in his comprehensive knowledge of the area and its landmarks.