The Dark Winter

The Dark Winter

Book - 2012
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A series of suspicious deaths has rocked Hull, a port city in England as old and mysterious as its bordering sea. In the middle of a Christmas service, 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.             Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy is sure there is a connection between these crimes, but his fellow officers are not convinced--they would rather get a quick arrest than bother themselves with finding the true killer. Torn between his police duties and his aching desire to spend more time with his pregnant wife and young son, McAvoy is an unlikely hero: a family man more obsessed with being a decent cop, a physically imposing man far more comfortable exploring databases that being gung-ho with his muscle. Compelled by his keen sense of justice, McAvoy decides to strike out alone--but in the depths of the dark winter, on the hunt for a murderer, it's difficult to forget what happened the last time he found himself on the wrong side of a killer's blade...
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399158643
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 18, 2017

Liked the story. Liked the characters. Liked the dialogue.

Feb 14, 2017

Wow! What a great story. Aector McAvoy has joined James Lee Burke's Robicheaux as my two favorite detectives. McAvoy is not a rich playboy with martial arts skills. He has self-doubts about his place among his colleagues. Yet he is moved by his sense of true north as he faces a series of suspicious and bewildering deaths. The writing is outstanding as the story unfolds to an exciting conclusion. I also liked how deeply in love he is with his wife. Pharao, his female boss, is an interesting character.

Nov 28, 2016

(DS Aector McAvoy #1)


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