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*Starred Review* In the third DS Aector McAvoy novel (following Original Skin, 2013), Mark goes borderline operatic. Economically devastated Hull, England, is being boiled by a sunless siege of heat and humidity. It’s so extreme that residents begin to hope for thunderstorms that could inundate the flood-prone city. A new drug gang has routed its competition with nail guns and blowtorches and is showing that it has snitches in the police and influence in the courts. Despite the efforts of his “guv,” DI Trish Pharoah, to convince him of his worth, Aector is more riven by self-doubt than ever before. So, when a spectacularly brutal murder is quickly followed by two more, and Pharoah is pulled off the case by her superiors, Aector is on his own, hunting a deranged serial killer. This plot is stunningly convoluted, involving an outrage perpetrated a generation before that radiates outward like a tsunami caused by a mid-ocean earthquake. A separate plot involving the drug gang makes Aector’s wife, Roisin, a target. The inevitable thunderstorm approaches biblical intensity, and Mark leaves the fates of Hull, Aector, and Roisin in doubt. Each McAvoy novel has been dark, but Sorrow Bound goes beyond dark to near-apocalyptic. Mark pulls it off, though, and fans of the giant Scottish detective will lose sleep reading this one. --Thomas Gaughan

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“Each McAvoy novel has been dark, but Sorrow Bound goes beyond dark to near-apocalyptic. Mark pulls it off, though, and fans of the giant Scottish detective will lose sleep reading this one.” —Booklist (starred)

“Compelling characters and a knotty mystery make the third from Mark (Original Skin, 2013, etc.) stand out from other procedurals.”—Kirkus

“Mark adroitly weaves all these threads together during a sweltering Hull summer full of lowering clouds but no rain, ‘a feverish heat; a pestilent, buzzing cloak.’ The physically imposing Aector, a terrific lead, hews closely to the rules. Well-fleshed out supporting characters round out the cast.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)

“McAvoy is a sure bet for fans of dark crime fiction set in Britain. Mark is particularly skilled at brief, effective characterization and at establishing an ominous, suspense-ridden setting in which his hero must struggle to reconcile his concept of justice and his admirable integrity with the evil that men do. VERDICT: A satisfying read-alike for fans of Peter Robinson or Val McDermid.”—Library Journal

“Dark and disturbing, this deeply addictive novel is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.  But readers who enjoy a smart thriller with fully realized characters and literary prose will find Mark’s work superb.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Mark shows an attention for detail that gives readers both a sense of place and sharp insights into the complex, layered characters of the story…Sorrow Bound is an engrossing read sure to draw in both series fans and newcomers alike.”—Suspense Magazine
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Product Details

  • Series: Detective Sergeant McAvoy (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press (July 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399168206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399168208
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reviewer TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Sorrow Bound by David Mark is the third book in the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy series, a police procedural thriller, which finds McAvoy struggling to get a grip on himself. Compelled by the state of his health to meet a psychologist Sabine Keane, McAvoy is saved the blushes when he is entrusted along with his partner and boss Trish Pharaoh a case involving a brutal murder.

Set in Hull, Yorkshire, McAvoy and his colleagues are called in to investigate the violent and vicious killing of a local mother without any probable motive. Known to have no known enemies, she was killed in such a brutal manner that her chest caved in. A glance at the dead body tells horrific stories of the criminal-bent of the murderer. Could there be a hidden motive behind it? What could compel such ghastly act to be performed?

Even as the police are pursuing the case, other murder cases are reported. There seems to be a pattern in all the cases and McAvoy realizes that the police could be on the trail of a sadistic killer. Hull is gripped by fear and the police must pull their acts together before more such heartless killings occurred. It is up to McAvoy to step in and be a step ahead of the killer before the next strike.

There are different strands to the story which make it persuasive and riveting. A local drug dealer and a crime committed years back superbly enjoined to make one story keep the suspense building as McAvoy who has a secret of his own races against time to stop the murderer. His wife Roisin McAvoy commits a dreadful mistake, and trouble seems to be headed the McAvoy’s way. Sorrow Bound by David Mark is a gripping story that will give you a real thrill ride from start to finish. All you need to do is to hang on!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Lehmann on August 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Sorrow Bound by David Mark (Blue Rider Press/Penguin, July 2014, 352 pg, $26.95/$10.99) is the third book in Mark's popular Detective Sergeant McAvoy series. This very readable book combines elements of the police procedural with character studies of not only the intriguing and likable detective Aector (Hector) McAvoy but other members of the special unit of the Hull police department he works in and the villains of the piece. The novel follows two plot lines, one apparently a continuing line, which is quite satisfactorily wrapped up in Sorrow Bound while leaving the reader eager to go back to the initial two books for more background on McAvoy (without making such a trip necessary) and waiting for the next installment to follow the other line. That's how good series detective fiction works.

Hull is a dreary run-down industrial city on the Hull River where it joins the Humber estuary. There's a heat wave dominating much of the action, leaving the characters sweaty and sometimes irritable. Protagonist Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy, who has a difficult time getting his colleagues to pronounce his name in the correct Scots pronunciation rather than calling him Hector, is a large, seemingly clumsy, stolid man whose look and manner belie his agile mind and analytical skills. The novel opens with Aector finding himself in department mandated therapy for some violence committed before the book opens. He's a person quite reluctant to reveal himself, while internally questioning what he's “supposed” to say while being eager to get back to the job at hand, solving the first of what will become several grisly murders. He's married to Roisin, an attractive and quirky girl of Gypsy background he rescued from a violent and dangerous situation when she was twelve years old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Saffer on September 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Several recent gruesome murders in Hull are linked to serial rapist Sebastien Hoyer-Wood - who has been grievously disabled and institutionalized for many years. Detective Aector McAvoy, a large, capable, well-respected detective, takes the case. During his investigation McAvoy interviews a series of witnesses and uncovers what may have been scandalous medical and legal malpractice as well as an incident long ago when several people - not knowing who he was - helped save the rapist's life. It seems all this has somehow driven someone to murder.

Meanwhile, McAvoy's colleague Helen Tremberg - who is helping investigate drug gangs in Hull - inadvertently gets involved with a gang member, jeopardizing the drug investigation. And McAvoy's wife Roisin foils drug gang member Adam Downey when he attempts to retrieve his hidden cocaine from her friend's business, which seriously pisses off Downey and sets him on Roisin's trail.

The serial murderer and drug gang story lines are skillfully written and mesh together well; both are compelling and the revelation of the murderer is a believable twist. The author, David Mark, also does an excellent job with character development, and all the people - detectives, doctors, nurses, gang members, and so on - are well-drawn and believable. Mark also masterfully describes the almost unbearable hot, muggy weather during the police investigations; the reader can almost feel the fog and heat coming off the page.

My one quibble with the story is McAvoy's almost cloying adoration of his wife Roisin. I'm all in favor of affection between spouses but McAvoy's "obsession" with his wife made me uncomfortable.

All in all this is an excellent mystery book, very highly recommended.
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