Bobby March Will Live Forever by Alan Parks. #BlogTour

Harry McCoy investigates the suspicious overdose of a rock legend and the disappearance of a young girl in this gripping thriller


There’s a heatwave in Glasgow and the drugs trade is booming. The whole force is searching for missing thirteen-year-old Alice Kelly. All except Harry McCoy, who has been taken off the case after a run-in with the boss, and is instead sent alone to investigate the death of rock-star Bobby March, who has just overdosed in the Royal Stuart hotel.

The papers want blood. The force wants results. McCoy has a hunch. But does he have enough time?

  • Themes include inner-city poverty, gang warfare, the rise and fall of rock & roll stardom, illegal narcotics distribution and the growth of the IRA, seen through the eyes of his good-cop-in-a-gray-world, Detective Harry McCoy.
  • Will appeal to fans of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Peter May, William McIlvanney and
    Val McDermid, as well as TV series such as Idris Elba’s Luther

My Thoughts

Bobby March Will Live Forever is the third instalment in the Harry McCoy series, and after reading and thoroughly enjoying the previous books I could not wait to immerse myself in this latest addition.

In this book we are reacquainted with Detective Harry McCoy, who, after a fall out with his boss, finds himself being taken off the case of missing teenager Alice, and in turn being put forward to investigate the death of Bobby March – a former Rockstar who has been found dead following a suspected overdose. McCoy has a lot to prove, not only to the force he works within, but also to himself. When he arrives at the hotel, his suspicions are already building as to whether this case is as cut and dry as it initially seems, but with limited time to provide results, Harry finds himself racing against the clock and praying that his gut feeling isn’t wrong, and he can find the answers he so desperately needs.

Alan Parks has a truly unique and captivating writing style which reels you in from the first page. The characters are well developed and realistic, each of them possessing their own set of skills and flaws which all come in to play as this intricate story begins to unravel.

The story is gritty, and the way in which the author brings the setting within Glasgow to life for the reader really does add a whole new depth to this already addictive novel. With the perfect level of suspense, and a riveting pace that keeps you invested in the story to the very end. If you have not already discovered this brilliant series, then I would recommend it highly.

About the Author

Alan Parks has worked in the music industry for over twenty years. His debut novel Bloody January was shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He lives and works in Glasgow.

Bobby March Will Live Forever is the third Harry McCoy thriller.

‘With this third instalment of the McCoy books, Parks has continued to build a series that no crime fan should miss: dangerous, thrilling, but with a kind voice to cut through the darkness’

‘Addictive reading’

*Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours, Blackthorn Books and Alan parks for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*


‘An old-school cop novel written with wit and economy . . . Think McIlvanney or Get Carter’


A potent tale of death . . . Alan Parks’s excellent first novel propels him into the top class
of Scottish noir authors . . . Detective Harry McCoy . . . is so noir that he makes
most other Scottish cops seem light grey’
The Times, Book of the Month

1970s Glasgow hewn from flesh and drawn in blood’

‘The latest star of Tartan noir — perhaps even a successor to the late, great William McIlvanney . . . Gripping, utterly authentic and nerve-jangling, this novel announces a fine new voice in crime writing’
Daily Mail

‘Bloody and brilliant. This smasher from Alan Parks is a reminder of how dark Glasgow used to be’

‘Gripping and violent, dark and satisfying. I flew through it’

‘Seriously good. It’s brilliantly evocative of the 1970s in Glasgow (and I should know as I was there!). I loved Alan Parks’ characters and I want to read a lot more of Detective Harry McCoy!’

‘A riveting journey through the grim and gritty dark side of 1970s
Glasgow . . . A powerful slab of tartan noir’

‘Pitch-black tartan noir, set in Seventies Glasgow . . . Compelling . . . With an emotional heart that’s hard to ignore’
Daily Mail

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