The McAvoy series pulls off the double whammy of cracking characters and cunning plots. The big detective Aector McAvoy is so real and so loveable you want to have a pint with him, and the legendary Trish Pharaoh proves that a man can create an utterly compelling female character
More twists and turns than a corkscrew through the eyeball
Breathtaking. Mark writes bad beautifully
There is a good array of villains, and Mark is impressive in his sensitive portrayals of the relationships between the principal characters at work and home.
Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order
Effortlessly blends the brutal and the tender, the dark and the light. Aector McAvoy is a true original. So is David Mark.
To call Mark's novels police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting.
A brilliant read.
Praise for David Mark
Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull.
Mark's rich, distinctive prose style and damaged characters compel you to keep reading... shaping up to be an essential crime series
In McAvoy, David Mark has created a big hero with a huge heart. His skill at weaving threads of light through the darkest fabric has rightly won him a legion of fans who like their crime fiction to be real and compassionate.
Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent.
David Mark's writing style is masterful: atmospheric, precise, original, a joy to read. Plus he can put together a damn good story.
Gory, startling and a complete one-off.
Mark is one of the best of a new breed of noir writers, capable of allying a powerful story and massive brutality in a genuine, fast-paced thriller with a bit of heart.
David Mark has put Hull on the map... and placed DS Aector McAvoy as one of the most interesting and likeable British detectives... Dark, sad and superbly atmospheric.
David Mark's latest novel is a powerful mixture of drama, brutality, courage and vengeance... COLD BONES is the best novel so far in Mark's impressive series.
an enthralling tale with more twists and red herrings than pretty much any other crime drama I've read over the last few years...if evocative atmosphere, enthralling, believable characters and sheer gutsiness is more up your blood-soaked alley, then you really must give this novel a try. Quite simply, it's full marks for David Mark.