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The mutilated corpse was just the beginning

first set
He considered his work.

The book
Harry McCoy spends with his girlfriend, just a nice evening, before he must return to the other tags in the service: He drank two cans of Pale Ale and a half a Joint to smoke, a pill wanted to share still. But then a colleague knocks on the door, to take him to a crime scene, where he is urgently needed. Detective McCoy, the stand the sight of blood, bad, expected, in this biting cold February night on the roof of an under construction high-rise building, a battle field. A desolate, mutilated corpse, which proves to be the young star striker of Glasgow Rangers and fiance of gangster boss-daughter, Elaine Scobie.

So death, in February, "begins". It is after the "Bloody January", the second novel of a twelve volumes of the hard hitting series by Alan Parks, who plays in Glasgow in the early 1970s.

After the death of the footballer, the killings continue, and for McCoy, it is clear that this has to do with family Scobie to. Actually, he has to do all hands full. Then he finds in the pocket of a homeless man who hanged himself in a Church, a newspaper tear. It's about a high-ranking police officials in the province, in the McCoy "uncle Kenny" from his time in the children's home recognizes. Together with his childhood friend Stevie Cooper, who is now in Glasgow as a drug dealer and brothel operator, he wants to give the child molester a beating.

delicate, the fingers should be more of this novel.

More random Alan Parks, as he explains in a Text to his second novel, is pushed, to countless abuse stories in Scottish children and youth homes: Actually, he had been looking for the novel, just after the name of a children's home from the 1960s in the area of Glasgow. And so he deals now in the novel, and how abuse in later life affects people. The Crook Cooper tries to explain to his friend McCoy: "I don't earn my living, people hurt you. You want to help you, even all the shit drinkers who think you were sent from God. The whole Wife beater and a sexual predator and a vile Bastards, you einlochst. Are you thinking about what is right in the world, and what want wrong, always do the Right thing. And I? I just do what needs to be done."

the faint hearted, the Finger should be of this novel. If you like the hard stuff, the more conventionally knitted crime more than as an exciting entertainment.


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, which is designed to run twelve volumes. Parks now lives in London and in Glasgow.

Alan Parks: "death in February" (Original: "February's Son", Canongate Books, Edinburgh, 2019). From the English of Conny Lösch. Heyne Hardcore/Wilhelm-Heyne-Verlag, Munich, 2019. 432 p., 24 Fr.

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Created: 06.11.2019, 13:06 Uhr

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