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The 2nd DS McAvoy Novel
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: DS Aector McAvoy, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The second instalment in the acclaimed Hull-based DS Aector McAvoy series and the follow up to the Sunday Times best-selling Dark Winter.

Their sins will seal their fate.

Suzie Devlin lived for pleasure - until her best friend Simon was murdered. Now Suzie seems to be in the killer's sights....

Who wants her dead? And why? She's done nothing wrong...except, perhaps, get involved with the wrong person.

DS Aector McAvoy has been a marked man all his life. He knows how one misstep can put you in harm's way. He's determined to protect Suzie, even if it means inviting danger to come to him....

In a dark world of sin and retribution, he will stand against a killer to save a life.

Hooked on Hull? Then check out the third instalment in the DS McAvoy series, Sorrow Bound....

©2013 David Mark (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Richly satisfying and told with remarkable flair, it confirms Mark as one of the darkest of the new faces in British crime writing, and not one to miss" ( Daily Mail)

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  • Darkin
  • 05-04-2014

Very easy and enjoyable

The perfect story to while away time. Absorbing, but not taxing. Hours flew without me noticing. This is the second of Mark's books I've had on audible. I continue to enjoy the characters- particularly with Longworth as the narrator.

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  • Impy
  • 14-05-2015

Brilliant

Another great book. Engaging story, lots to keep you guessing, funny moments, characters you can relate to and great narrator.

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  • Lesley Blackshaw
  • 16-05-2017

Narrator needs to hear a Hull accent and to check place names

Great story that held my attention throughout and well narrated, for the most part, but oh I wish the narrator had been told that Anlaby has a short a in the middle (as in cat) not a long one ( as in baby).

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  • ruth
  • 21-04-2015

I love this series

I find myself fascinated by the characters in these books. McAvoy is a slightly confusing jumble of intense determination and incongruous shyness. His relationship with his boss is interesting and unusual with an undercurrent of something sexual.
The plot kept me guessing and a great twist at the end.
The narrator does a really good job of bringing the characters to life , I enjoyed listening to his variation of tones and accents.
I am about to download the third book !

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  • mrs drudge
  • 22-10-2019

gripping story

one star taken off for not knowing how to pronounce Anlaby. Do your homework, please!

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  • George A Bear
  • 04-06-2020

DS Aector McAvoy -Book 2

Hull-based DS Aector McAvoy is an outsider in his workplace because he had previously unearthed corruption in the force. He still wants to do the right thing. Suzie Devlin is an outsider who is into 'an alternative scene'. Her best friend is brutally killed and she is now in the killers sights. McAvoy is determined to protect Suzie. even if it means danger for him.... Great story and super narrative by Toby Longworth.

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  • JH
  • 01-06-2020

terrible narration gaffes

This is a good book ruined for anyone living in yorkshire where the story is based. The glaring and constant mispronunciation of several local place names is jarring. Why on earth pronounce Anlaby as Anlaybe over and over again. More research needed next time please Toby

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  • robert
  • 05-04-2019

Brooding thriller.

There is a sense of always being in a dark shadowed world with David Mark's writing, added to by Toby Longworth's brooding tones. It all adds to this deep sumptuous novel that pulls you along, sometimes despite the darkness and despair that engulfs it, to its unexpected conclusion. Like another reviewer the pronunciation on the area of Hull, Anlaby, being wrongly pronounced AnLAYby seemed to me a glaring mistake by this HULL loving writer. How did he let this glaring error through!!

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  • Stuart
  • 15-09-2018

Throrughly enjoyable

A good listen, even if it bears no real relationship to real-world policing (I know, I'm in the Job). I like the characters and the narration is good - just one minor point, Anlaby is pronounced An-la-bi with a short middle A as in cat not An-lay-bee. I grew up in those parts so it's nice to hear names and places I know.

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  • nigel laverick
  • 09-01-2018

Still unconvinced by McAvoy

I wasn't a great fan of the first book in the series but appreciated the author's hard work enough to try the second. For a lot of the "Original Skin" I felt unconvinced, it just didn't seem as enthralling or well rounded as other detective series I really enjoyed such as PC Grant and Stuart McBride's but I stuck with it. I was rewarded by a spreading sense that maybe this series could progress as I found myself actually caring what happened to the cast of characters and rushed through the last half dozen chapters anxious to get the final twist It'll be enough to draw me back for the third book, let's hope this improvement continues