'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 Dead Lions
DS Aector McAvoy's brother-in-law Valentine is missing.
In New York City, half the world away.
And the two men he travelled with have just been found in an open grave upstate: one dead, one as good as.
McAvoy doesn't believe Valentine killed them. He does believe he's in trouble. And so he follows him to New York, determined to find out what happened.
But Valentine is in more danger than McAvoy could have imagined.
And McAvoy's walking into it right after him: into the darkness of murder, revenge, and a forty-year-old crime...
Mark's absorbing sixth novel featuring Det. Sgt. Aector McAvoy (after 2016's Dead Pretty) takes McAvoy from Yorkshire to upstate New York, to help Det. Ronald Alto of the NYPD solve an attack that put revered boxing coach Brishen Ayres in a coma and left Shay Heldon, Ayres's brash young prot g , dead, with a mysterious second young man impaled on a nearby tree branch. McAvoy's task is to track down his troublemaker brother-in-law, Valentine Teague, another boxer and a bitter rival of Heldon's, missing since the ambush. As McAvoy and Alto try to uncover how Ayres and Heldon ended up victims of what soon appears to be a scrambled professional hit, their investigation slides into New York City's world of organized crime: deals made, deaths dealt, power upheld. In the final stretch, the narrative skids between a well-wrought examination of the brutal pragmatism of mob dealings and a macabre vignette of religious fanaticism, bundling an unwieldy thicket of side plots into a satisfyingly melodramatic, if implausible, ending twist.