Scorched Earth

by David Mark

Part of the DS McAvoy Series

Crime and Mystery Thriller and Suspense

Scorched Earth Synopsis

Detective McAvoy investigates a murder and a missing person case in this dark and compelling thriller, for fans of Stuart MacBride and Peter May.

The police think Crystal Heathers isn't missing.

The trainee detective assigned to the case isn't so sure.

McAvoy thinks someone was being held at the derelict building where they just found a body pinned to the wall...and that all the signs point to it being a little girl.

But why would anyone not report a kidnapping?

And how far would someone go to get revenge?

The case will test McAvoy to breaking point - as the crimes of the present lead him to a final violent confrontation with an enemy from his own past.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781473643123
Publication date: 6th September 2018
Author: David Mark
Publisher: Mulholland Books an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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David Mark Press Reviews

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 -- Anya Lipska Breathtaking. Mark writes bad beautifully -- Peter May Highly entertaining - The Sunday Times

Effortlessly blends the brutal and the tender, the dark and the light. Aector McAvoy is a true original. So is David Mark. -- Mick Herron, author of Dead Lions To call Mark's novels police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail, this one is his most complex and best yet. - Kirkus starred review

More twists and turns than a corkscrew through the eyeball -- Val McDermid Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order -- Geoffrey Wansell - Daily Mail

Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent. -- Peter James 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. -- Sarah Hilary A brilliant read. - Sun

Mark's rich, distinctive prose style and damaged characters compel you to keep reading... shaping up to be an essential crime series - Crime Scene Magazine

Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull. - Financial Times

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. - The Times

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About David Mark

David Mark was a journalist for over fifteen years, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post in its Hull office. Original Skin is his second novel, and the follow-up to his critically acclaimed bestselling debut and 2012 Richard and Judy Book Club pick, Dark Winter. He lives in Lincolnshire with his family.   photo credit: @art east

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