The fifth novel in the DS McAvoy series by bestselling author David Mark, perfect for fans of Val McDermid and Peter Robinson.
Hannah Kelly has been missing for nine months. Ava Delaney has been dead for five days.
One girl to find. One girl to avenge. And DS Aector McAvoy won't let either of them go until justice can be done.
But some people have their own ideas of what justice means...
DEAD PRETTY is the stunning new novel from one of Britain's most original crime writers.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The gripping fifth book in the DS McAvoy series by bestselling author David Mark is not for the squeamish. In Dead Pretty, the likable Scottish detective is rattled by the disappearance of one young woman and the horrific killing of another. Mark’s characters are unabashedly flawed—and he draws us into their messy personal lives even as he focuses on the terrifying cases at hand. Intense from start to finish, this crime novel kept us on the edge of our seat and excited for McAvoy’s next gritty misadventure.
Mark's gritty fifth series crime novel (after 2015's Taking Pity) finds Det. Sgt. Aector McAvoy fixated on two unsolved cases: the disappearance of one young woman and the brutal murder of another nine months later. McAvoy's friend Det. Constable Helen Tremberg wishes that "he were able to free himself of the barbed wire of conscience that he has wrapped in and around himself." Meanwhile, handsome, charming Reuben Hollow, who was convicted of murder, is freed when his conviction is quashed on appeal. This reflects badly on McAvoy's boss, Det. Supt. Trish Pharaoh, who originally put Hollow behind bars. When evidence connects Hollow to several murders of men who have abused women, McEvoy wonders whether Hollow is a killer of abusers and women. Or is he in fact the nice guy he appears to be? And what about Pharaoh is she a good cop or a corrupt one? Mark keeps the reader guessing. Strong prose, intriguing characters, and high tension make this a standout.