Tempted by…Chapter in my Life: Bloody January by Alan Parks @sbairden @AlanJParks @canongatebooks #BloodyJanuary #tartannoir #bookbloggers #amreading #readingrecommendations


When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn’t a random act of violence.

With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead the investigation but soon runs up against a secret society led by Glasgow’s wealthiest family, the Dunlops. McCoy’s boss doesn’t want him to investigate. The Dunlops seem untouchable. But McCoy has other ideas . . .

In a helter-skelter tale – winding from moneyed elite to hipster music groupies to the brutal gangs of the urban wasteland – Bloody January brings to life the dark underbelly of 1970s Glasgow and introduces a dark and electrifying new voice in Scottish noir.

Today’s Tempted by… comes courtesy of a long-established and active crime book blogger who dwells north of the border. I am, of course, talking about the marvellous Sharon Bairden of Chapter in my Life  blog and the book she persuaded me to pick up was Bloody January by Alan Parks, as featured in this blog post.

This post is long overdue, as I’ve had the book for almost a year, and Sharon’s review was also overdue when it was posted, so this book is a couple of years old now. In fact, this was the first in the Harry McCoy series, and the third book in the series, Bobby March Will Live Forever is coming out this week, so this may be the first book to feature on both Tempted by… and my new Backlist spot, who knows! Still, better late than never and a good book remains a good book, whenever you get round to reading it.

I was drawn to pick out this book because of Sharon’s description of the authenticity of time and place in the book, and and the intricacy and vividness of the plot. It sounds like a gritty, realistic, hard-hitting thriller with something to say about the place and era in which it is set, and since Sharon describes it as ‘unmissable,’ I thought I had better not miss it!

I love Sharon’s blog because it is full of such variety of content within the context of crime novels, and her reviews are always enthusiastic, detailed and considered. She is also a frequent attendee of bookish events which, as someone who would love to be able to attend but is currently somewhat hampered by single parentdom, I love to live through vicariously through her posts about them. If this sounds like something you would enjoy reading, why not pop over to Chapter in my Life and have a look around.

If you have been similarly tempted to buy a copy of Bloody January after reading Sharon’s review, you can find it here.

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