Bobby March Will Live Forever
By Alan Parks
Rated: 5 stars *****
The plot is both gritty and gripping and very quickly gets into full-swing from the outset, with twists and turns to come throughout. It’s quite the page-turner on such an interesting dark back drop in Glasgow. Although this is book 3 in the series, it works very well as a standalone as well as part of the Harry McCoy series.
This is a book praised by Ian Rankin and Peter May.
Thanks to Blackthorn publishers for providing a book and for RandomThingsTours for inviting me to be part of the blogtour.
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About The Author
Alan Parks has worked in the music industry for over twenty years. His debut novel Bloody January was shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He lives and works in Glasgow.
Bobby March Will Live Forever is the third Harry McCoy thriller
Harry McCoy investigates the suspicious overdose of a rock legend and the disappearance of a young girl in this gripping thriller.
WHO IS TO BLAME WHEN NO ONE IS INNOCENT?
There’s a heatwave in Glasgow and the drugs trade is booming. The whole force is searching for missing thirteen-year-old Alice Kelly. All except Harry McCoy, who has been taken off the case after a run-in with the boss, and is instead sent alone to investigate the death of rock-star Bobby March, who has just overdosed in the Royal Stuart hotel.
The papers want blood. The force wants results. McCoy has a hunch. But does he have enough time?
- Themes include inner-city poverty, gang warfare, the rise and fall of rock & roll stardom, illegal narcotics distribution and the growth of the IRA, seen through the eyes of his good-cop-in-a-gray-world, Detective Harry McCoy.
- Will appeal to fans of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Peter May, William McIlvanney and Val McDermid, as well as TV series such as Idris Elba’s Luther
Ingeniously, Alan Parks has chosen months of the year to be within his titles, the first being Bloody January, followed by February’s Son and this is his latest installment – Bobby March Will Live Forever. Set in 1970’s Glasgow in the underworld during a heatwave (proving it does get hot in Scotland), Harry McCoy is facing a hard time of it as he has involuntarily been taken off the case investigating the death of rockstar – Bobby March. It’s dark and twisty as well as evocative in this latest book in Tartan Noir.
The book is most definitely Glasgow with Central Station, The Barras and the named press being The Daily Record and The Evening Times all being mentioned, so there is plenty that people will recongnise or an familiarise themselves with.
The music scene is set-up well with Bobby March heading to London to do an important recording in the 1960’s. Fast forward to the 70’s – the era the book is predominantly set in, during a drugs and rock n roll world and the book captures the culture well, around this time and Bobby March seems like he’s a music legend, with graffiti around saying “Bobby March Will Live Forever”. He’s a character readers get to know as the book goes along and get a real feel for who he was and the grim lifestyle he had lived.
The book also takes a look at the social aspect of these times in the more impoverished parts of Glasgow, where there were people living who were very much set apart from the music scene, before focusing back onto the case, which leads them to the Barras to do some digging around. McCoy has quite the work ethic and an interest in finding the truth and bringing about justice, even when it means a few scrapes along the way.
There is a missing 13 year old and Harry McCoy has to find her, off the record. The pressure to discover more about Bobby March and his presumed overdose and the missing teen, can be felt as the pages turn.
Gritty and gripping on the dark backdrop of the music and drugs scenes of 1970’s Glasgow; Bobby March Will Live Forever is the latest Harry McCoy Thriller that keeps feeding the curiosity to the end.
I have read an extract of the next book – April Dead and readers are in for something equally as explosive and dramatic!