Cruel Mercy

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

David Mark

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.

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