As with previous books, there are plenty of grim events to balance the warmth which surrounds the leading character.
There is a good array of villains, and Mark is impressive in his sensitive portrayals of the relationships between the principal characters at work and home.
Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order
A brilliant read.
David Mark has created a true hero for an age of dark deeds and dirty cops. The violence is righteous and the collars hard-won for DS Aector McAvoy, and as his luminous humanity and blazing courage take on the worst Hull can chuck at him, we follow him willingly down the meanest of streets.
Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull.
More twists and turns than a corkscrew through the eyeball
The McAvoy series pulls off the double whammy of cracking characters and cunning plots. The big detective Aector McAvoy is so real and so loveable you want to have a pint with him, and the legendary Trish Pharaoh proves that a man can create an utterly compelling female character
Mark's rich, distinctive prose style and damaged characters compel you to keep reading... shaping up to be an essential crime series
Effortlessly blends the brutal and the tender, the dark and the light. Aector McAvoy is a true original. So is David Mark.
Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent.
David Mark takes McAvoy to the US on a rollercoaster ride into darkness. Brilliantly written and compelling.
The exceptional McAvoy series just got better. DEAD PRETTY is a gripping thriller...proof that David Mark is up there with the best
To call Mark's novels police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail, this one is his most complex and best yet.
Breathtaking. Mark writes bad beautifully
McAvoy must be one of the most fascinating fictional detectives out there - a true original. This is an intoxicating brew - Catholicism, travellers, underground fight scenes, the mob - and rumbling through it all like a bear with a blush is DS Aector McAvoy. Superb writing. A truly fantastic read.
In McAvoy, David Mark has created a big hero with a huge heart. His skill at weaving threads of light through the darkest fabric has rightly won him a legion of fans who like their crime fiction to be real and compassionate.