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I can give no higher praise than to say that I woke up at 4 this morning and reached for the nearest book. 20 chapters later the book was done, light peeping round the curtains and my mind still racing from the concluding action.

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'The Dark Winter is an exceptional début from an exciting new talent. David Mark is an original and captivating new voice' Val McDermid.

'Fast-moving and tightly plotted, with strong characterisation and a likeable protagonist, this is an extremely promising début' Guardian.

'[David Mark] brings alive the remoteness of Hull from the rest of Yorkshire and the financial decay of the area. Highly recommended. I look forward to the next book' Euro Crime.

'The Dark Winter makes a fair fist of the police procedural genre, and I expect to see more of Aector in the not too distant future' Crime Time.

'The essence of David Mark's The Dark Winter is intriguing' The Times.

'exciting, and really dark, with a lot of strong emotions from love to hatred' I Will Read Books.

'spoonfuls of lyrical description' The Wharf. 'Carefully plotted ... an imaginative, colourful supporting cast ... an engaging page-turner' Manchester Evening News. 'Arriving with an encomium from no less than Val McDermid, this is a reminder that British crime fiction is in a particularly healthy state at the moment' Good Book Guide.

'David Mark sets out his stall with this page-turning début' Time Out. 'an unusual and accomplished début with tight plotting and intelligent writing' Daily Mail. 'Carefully plotted, with an overtly filmic style, The Dark Winter tackles the concept of mercy, while introducing a strong central character' Fife Leader.

'one of the most accomplished début novels I have read recently ... David Mark has the potential to be one of the stars of British crime writing' Shots. .

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I really enjoyed this debut crime novel and think that David Mark could do for Hull what John Harvey does for Nottingham and Chris Simms does for Manchester. I thought the novel painted an incredibly realistic picture of Hull as a city on the slide and you got a real sense of the atmosphere of the city in all its grim reality. I thought that McAvoy was a good grounded character without the clichéd baggage that crime writers are so fond of shoe-horning into their books and that alone would encourage me to read the next in the series. I also liked the character of 'Pharaoh' the female boss who whilst slightly lacking the acidity of DI Steel in the Stuart MacBride books was feisty enough to give her character credibility. The central plot was quite clever with a particularly twisted killer targeting those poor unfortunates who had previously escaped death and there was a nicely balanced gore factor. Not a bad read at all... .
I'm not a huge fan of crime fiction generally, because the genre can tend to be a bit one-dimensional and formulaic, so I was really pleasantly surprised by the depth and complexity of this story. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

I can give no higher praise than to say that I woke up at 4 this morning, couldn't get back to sleep so I reached for the nearest book, figuring that a couple of pages would see me back snoring. 20 chapters later the book was done, light peeping round the curtains and my mind still racing from the concluding action.

The use of location and environment to give a huge dose of gritty reality, the refreshingly different main character, and just sheer storytelling ability lead to a really gripping tale. I'm reminded of the non-SF work of Iain Banks in a number of ways - although whether or not the author would be pleased to be dubbed 'Hull's answer to Iain Banks' is another matter!

I look forward to seeing the next instalment in what will hopefully be a long series, and am already hoping for a future TV adaptation. .

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