Sorrow Bound

Sorrow Bound

Book - 2014
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The New York Times  hails David Mark's work as "in the honorable tradition of Joseph Wambaugh and Ed McBain." SORROW BOUND is the third installment of the internationally acclaimed Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy series.

The sweltering summer heat is pushing Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy and the Serious and Organized Crime Unit to the brink as a sadistic new boss takes over the local drug trade and violent crime escalates. Then, McAvoy and DS Trish Pharaoh are distracted by something deadlier: a serial murderer with a taste for the macabre. McAvoy comes to suspect these are actually copycat murders, committed as revenge for mishandled police investigations conducted years ago. But when one of McAvoy's fellow police officers is blackmailed, McAvoy's life--and that of his wife, Roisin, and the couple's two young children--is suddenly in jeopardy. As the vicious monsters lurking in the shadows creep closer and closer to home, McAvoy must figure out a way to protect his family at all costs.

David Mark's latest Detective Sergeant McAvoy novel, CRUEL MERCY, is on-sale February 2017.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2014.
ISBN: 9780399168208
0399168206
Characteristics: 336 p.

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Dreamstime
May 09, 2017

I love DS Aector McAvoy and his supervisor Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaoh. I thought the story framework was very interesting and his writing talent is terrific. But by the conclusion I was a little disappointed in how all the pieces parts fit together. My problem could have been due to the way I read, in 30-60 minute segments.

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gvenkatesh
Oct 24, 2014

A promising start that never delivers. The type of pop mystery novel that you read on a plane/train and leave behind and never think about it again.

What starts as an interesting and realistic set of characters soon turn out to be caricatures of the author's obsession for body image and physical characteristics over any mental capabilities. This defines and influences his characters leading to unrealistic interactions between them.

Ending is a mishmash of manipulative thriller clichès - rain, phones that stop working, drug- induced evil vs helpless innocence, detectives struggling to arrive at conclusions that the readers have already been told by the narrator - just to create drama. It gets worse when the mystery is uncovered, not by the characters, but described by the narrator.

The ending leaves some loose ends presumably for the next novel in the series like a season finale. Unfortunately, this novel does nothing to make readers eager to read the next one.

lms Oct 05, 2014

this got a stunningly good review in Booklist. Thriller and mystery writers will want to read this title.

ChristchurchLib Jun 08, 2014

"Already awash in violent crime investigations due to a sadistic new drug lord, DS Aector McAvoy and Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaoh must also hunt down a serial killer, in this new novel in the series following Original Skin." Thrillers and Suspense June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/46456724-8c0d-4dd8-9d2e-25b88bb2b92d?postId=aa07aa9f-8cbf-4f12-a5dc-e97d0c918914

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