Book Review – Bobby March Will Live Forever by Alan Parks
WHO IS TO BLAME WHEN NO ONE IS INNOCENT?
The papers want blood.
The force wants results.
The law must be served, whatever the cost.
July 1973. The Glasgow drugs trade is booming and Bobby March, the city’s own rock-star hero, has just ODed in a central hotel.
Alice Kelly is twelve years old, lonely. And missing.
Meanwhile the niece of McCoy’s boss has fallen in with a bad crowd. When she goes AWOL, McCoy is asked–off the books–to find her.
McCoy has a hunch. But does he have enough time?
I am really happy and excited to be taking part in this blog tour and to be able to promote this fantastic book to you all. Many thanks to the author and Random Things Tours for my gifted copy of the book.
I think it needs to be said first of all that this is the 3rd book in a series and that I didn’t actually know that when I decided to review this book. Having said that it was perfectly fine to read as a standalone and I didn’t find myself getting lost at all. I would definitely like to go back and read the first two books in the future though as Harry McCoy is an interesting and exciting character and I think that by going straight into the third book I have probably missed out on a lot of his development.
Regardless of that though I really did enjoy this story, it was well-written, easy to follow and had plenty of excitement and mystery that kept me guessing all the way to the end. The book is set in 1970’s Glasgow as it quite gritty and dark and the author does an excellent job of painting a picture for the reader and tells it as it is which I thought was brilliant.
The story begins with the case of a missing child and the death of a famous musician. McCoy is pushed off the missing child case and forced to work a far less high profile case simply because his “superior” has it in for him and there is no glossing over that fact in the book. There is a lot of animosity between the two detectives.
McCoy spends his time trying to understand what happened to dead musician Bobby March as well as working an “off the record” case for a runaway teenager who happens to be the niece of his boss. I really love how all the cases are woven together and how they all eventually come to a head that I did not expect at all.
I really enjoyed all the characters, there are some that you instantly like and some that you instantly loathe but I think that if I had read the earlier books and knew more about who everyone was that I could have liked it even more.
There is a lot of violence, some of which is very graphic and overall I found it to be a really exciting read that I wouldn’t normally have picked up.
Books like this can be very difficult to review and as such I have tried to keep it quite vague so as not to spoil the plot for a potential reader.
I would highly recommend this to someone who enjoys a dark and gritty crime thriller with a lot of police presence and some very dodgy characters too!