Hodder & Stoughton, paperback, 326 pages, €15.74
Red-headed, prone to blushing and fiercely uxorious, Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy is wrenched from his usual beat in Hull, Yorkshire, straight into the middle of a violent turf war between the Mafia and violent Chechen gangsters in New York.
Aector’s Irish Traveller wife Róisín’s little brother — petty criminal and bareknuckle fighter Valentine Teague — has gone missing in the snowy woods of upstate New York, and his sister wants him found. With the long-distance help of Trish Pharaoh, his boss back in Hull, and NYPD detective Ron Alto, Aector uncovers a murderous criminal conspiracy that goes back decades and links a renegade Galway priest to a vicious Mafia crime boss.
Aector may seem like a fish out of water to the denizens of the Big Apple’s criminal underworld but he soon shows he’s more than capable of swimming with the sharks. Great stuff.