“Dark Winter” by David Mark, is a debut novel and the first in a series! A British police procedural mystery set in Hull, a port city in North Eastern England, this series features a protagonist who has the character to see us through several books…. I only hope he does.
Aector McAvoy (Hector) is a transplanted Scot, a family man with a pregnant wife and a young son. He is larger than life, both in physical size and moral character. Blessed with a fine tuned acuity for noticing connections between events, he is excellent at his job. Set just a few weeks before Christmas, the novel fairly brims with atmosphere.
The summary from Penguin.com (USA) reads:
“A teenage girl adopted from Sierra Leone is chopped down with a machete in front of the entire congregation. A retired trawlerman is found dead at the scene of a tragedy he escaped, the only survivor, forty years ago. An ugly fire rages in a working-class neighborhood, and when the flames die away, a body is discovered, burned beyond recognition.
The author, David Mark, though a debut novelist, is a seasoned journalist, so he is well versed in writing and does it superbly. Highly recommended!