Harry McCoy returns in the next volume in this now well established crime series, set in Scotland in the seventies. This is the fourth story, and the characters are now like familiar old friends, the hard boiled detective McCoy, his childhood friend and now nemesis, crime boss Stevie Cooper, he and McCoy are like opposite sides of the same coin, and not forgetting McCoy’s up and coming sidekick Wattie. The novel is set in the Glasgow of 1974, where a home made bomb explodes in a flat and turns out to be the precursor to a wider campaign across the city by an unknown group. Meanwhile an American sailor disappears from the US base at Holy Loch, and a friendly warning passed on to a fellow officer leads McCoy into the deep waters of the IRA. As with the previous novels, this is an excellent read for fans of fast paced, gritty crime novels, lots of drinking and violence, and with a cleverly constructed plot that really captures the urban, social and political landscape in the early seventies. Really enjoyed this, the only problem now is the twelve months wait for the next one, especially as the author leaves the plot on something of a cliff-hanger!
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The previous three books in the series. Tartan noir, Rankin, McBride, McIlvanney
One thing you’ve learned
In a similar vein, I’m looking forward to Ian Rankin’s take on McIlvanney’s unfinished novel later this year.