Three Irishmen went to America. One’s dead. One’s as good as. One is missing…
The missing man is Valentine Teague. Petty criminal, bare-knuckle fighter – and DS Aector McAvoy’s brother in law.
Back home, Val’s being held responsible for the blood spilt in the snowy woods of upstate New York. If McAvoy doesn’t find out the truth, all hell will break loose, putting his own family in the crossfire.
Investigating proves harder than he could have imagined. New York City is a different world, with different rules. Soon, he finds himself up against squabbling cops, mafias old and new, and the culmination of a crime forty years in the making.
All McAvoy can do is the right thing. Even if it kills him…
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
More twists and turns than a corkscrew through the eyeball
Breathtaking. Mark writes bad beautifully
The exceptional McAvoy series just got better. DEAD PRETTY is a gripping thriller...proof that David Mark is up there with the best
Mari Hannah, author of the Kate Daniels series
Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent.
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.
Mark's rich, distinctive prose style and damaged characters compel you to keep reading... shaping up to be an essential crime series
Crime Scene Magazine
Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order
Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
The Sunday Times
Effortlessly blends the brutal and the tender, the dark and the light. Aector McAvoy is a true original. So is David Mark.
Mick Herron, author of <i>Dead Lions</i>
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.
Michael J Malone, author of <i>A Suitable Lie</i>
David Mark takes McAvoy to the US on a rollercoaster ride into darkness. Brilliantly written and compelling.
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.
Kirkus starred review
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.
A brilliant read.
Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull.
As with previous books, there are plenty of grim events to balance the warmth which surrounds the leading character.
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.
Karen Robinson, <i>The Sunday Times</i>