The new novel in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Hull-based DS McAvoy crime series.
It's the coldest winter in Hull for years.
When McAvoy is told by a concerned stranger that an elderly woman hasn't been seen for a few days, he goes to check on her - only to find her in the bath, encased in ice: the heating off; the windows open; the whole house frozen over.
It could be a macabre accident, but McAvoy senses murder. Someone watched her die.
As he starts to uncover the victim's story and her connections to a lost fishing trawler, his boss Trish is half a world away, investigating a mysterious death in Iceland. Hull and Iceland have traditionally been united by fishing - in this case, they are linked by a secret concealed for half a century, and a series of brutal killings that have never been connected.
Until now - when the secrets of the dead have returned to prey on the living.
PRAISE FOR DAVID MARK
'Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order' Daily Mail
'Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent.' Peter James
'Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull.' Financial Times
Praise for David Mark - -
Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order - Daily Mail
Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent.
Aficionados of the grittiest, most trenchant fare love Mark's copper Aector McAvoy, who customarily moves in a darkly realised Hull. - Financial Times
Breathtaking. Mark writes bad beautifully
More twists and turns than a corkscrew through the eyeball
Mark's rich, distinctive prose style and damaged characters compel you to keep reading... shaping up to be an essential crime series - Crime Scene Magazine
In McAvoy, David Mark has created a big hero with a huge heart. His skill at weaving threads of light through the darkest fabric has rightly won him a legion of fans who like their crime fiction to be real and compassionate.
David spent more than fifteen years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post - walking the Hull streets that would later become the setting for the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy novels.
He has written eight novels in the McAvoy series: Dark Winter, Original Skin, Sorrow Bound, Taking Pity, Dead Pretty, Cruel Mercy, and Scorched Earth as well as two McAvoy ebook short stories, A Bad Death and Fire of Lies. Dark Winter was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel and was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. In 2018 it was adapted for the stage at the Hull Truck Theatre and had a sellout debut run. David has also written The Zealot's Bones, a historical crime novel published under the name D.M. Mark.
He lives in the north of England with his family.