In early 70s Glasgow, an only slightly crooked cop is assigned a seemingly open-and-shut murder-suicide; but when an influential family's secrets seem to be tied up with the case, the stakes run dangerously higher in Alan Parks' debut crime novel Bloody January.
Our tarnished protagonist, McCoy, ends up on the outs with his superiors, and has to rely on his oldest friend--who happens to be a crime boss and possible sociopath. McCoy's adventures on both sides of the law ratchet up the tension throughout the story.
Glasgow's underbelly is on full display, as well as a large helping of retro vibes in setting and character.
Overall an engaging start to a new detective series, and I look forward to the next one.
I was sent a review copy of this novel by World Noir and read it quickly.