All the elements of a classic crime page turner are here. The novel is just waiting to be transferred to the small screen... Parks’s writing style is to the point. The plot zips along and there are plenty of dummies and feints to keep crime fans entertained... The dialogue in February’s Son also feels strangely flat – there is little attempt made to capture the Glaswegian dialect. While there is plenty of swearing, none of it is done with the endlessly inventive style characteristic of the city... For all that, McCoy remains a character many will enjoy spending time with.
The sequel to that Grand Prix de Littérature Policière-winning novel, February’s Son is a powerful slab of tartan noir... Taking place in a grim and gritty Glasgow, conjured up seemingly effortlessly from Parks’ memory, it’s a riveting book, begging to be read in as few sittings as possible. Even in the continuous torrent of new crime releases, the macabre and morally ambivalent February’s Son is not one that will be quickly or easily forgotten.