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A Detective in between a drunken stupor and hangover

first set

"The case was a police officer your career in the masses."

The book
Tartan Noir is called the Scottish version of black crime literature. William McIlvanney, has sent in the 1970s, his illusion-free Detective Laidlaw on the streets of Glasgow, is considered to be the forefather of the Scots-Noirs; with authors such as Ian Rankin, Tony Banks, Allan Guthrie and Denise Mina, the Subgenre was popular.

Not necessarily the latest, but the latest representative of the Tartan Noir of the 55-year-old Alan Park, from Glasgow, who settled his debut "Bloody January" 1973. And ambitious plans: Twelve volumes to include in his series about Detective Harry McCoy one day, a chronicle of crime in the Glasgow of the 1970s to the 1980s. In the UK, two will appear in the upcoming January episode titled "February's Son".

One wonders a bit about how McCoy so many years to survive. He drinks a bit much – what: drinks like a hole, is clear. This is in Scotland, apparently, compulsory. But Harry McCoy also takes drugs: weed, Speed. He is either "wide" or hungover. In between, he is beaten to the hospital Mature.

The story of a number of dead, killed by others or by his own Hand, leads to McCoy again and again on the trail of one of the richest families in the area. The social contrasts in Glasgow, the worlds of the poor and the Rich, are a Central motif of the novel, are, in part, but a bit clichéd. And in the presentation of brutality, it is from time to time almost too dramatically. Also, one or the other loose thread in this story at the end. Yet for all the criticism on points of Detail: the Park is a remarkable narrative shows Talent. And sense of Humor. The shows, when it comes to music – Park was for many years in the music industry. For example, when McCoy says his young team is in a Concert hall, here he had seen last summer, The Faces: "The Band of Rod Stewart?", the colleague asks. "McCoy sighed inwardly. "The Band that Rod Stewart sings.""

But, above all, McCoy is a fascinating character, whose development in the other novels get excited about, if one assumes that the author can still improve. McCoy seems to be rather randomly on the "right" side of the law landed. His oldest friend takes care of the drug supply and the operation of brothels in Glasgow. The two have met since the common to Grow up in the children's home. So McCoy looks again and again faced with the question of how far his loyalty can go.


Alan Park was born in 1963 in Scotland, studied philosophy at the University of Glasgow. He then moved to London, where he worked in the music industry – first with London Records, and later with Warner Brothers as a Creative Director. He was responsible for campaigns, album covers, photo sessions and Videos for Bands such as All Saints, New Order and The Streets. With 679 Recordings, he was managing Director. In the last few years, he was a freelance consultant for Marketing and design. After 20 years in London, he bought an apartment in Glasgow to spend the week-ends. In doing so, he developed the idea for a Glasgow crime series. Parks now lives in London and in Glasgow.

Alan Parks: "Bloody January" (Original: "Bloody January", cannon gate Books, Edinburgh in 2017). From the English of Conny Lösch. Heyne Hardcore/Wilhelm-Heyne-Verlag, Munich 2018. 395 p., 24 Fr.


Created: 19.12.2018, 13:14 PM

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