Original Skin

Original Skin

A Detective Sergeant McAvoy Novel

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101621110
  • 448 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


“Compelling… Richly satisfying and told with remarkable flair.”  —Daily Mail (UK)
When “swinger” Simon Appleyard is found strung-up and naked in his apartment, the authorities are only too happy to chalk it up to suicide. After all, a new gang has taken over the local drug trade, and Detective Superintendant Trish Pharaoh’s Serious and Organized Crime Unit is run ragged. A murder investigation is the last thing they need.
But more bodies begin to surface, and all are somehow connected to the underground erotic scene. Although Detective Sargeant Aector McAvoy would be perfectly content to stay home with his wife and their newborn baby, he begins to suspect that murder is just the beginning. As his investigation brings him uncomfortably close to the local political elite, McAvoy realizes he is hunting a sadistic killer with a lust that won’t be satisfied until the River Humber runs red.
Original Skin

Original Skin

Written by: David Mark



“Dark, disturbing and gripping… Graced with a complex plot and stunning imagery, Original Skin stands as a worthy successor to Mark’s debut, The Dark Winter…. Readers who revel in thrillers marked by intelligence and originality will celebrate the continuation of a fresh and fascinating series.” –Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Compelling … Richly satisfying and told with remarkable flair, [Original Skin] confirms Mark as one of the darkest of the new faces in British crime writing, and not one to miss.” Daily Mail (UK)

“Sophisticated plotting, in-depth characters, and sharp dialogue elevate British author Mark’s gritty second police procedural featuring Yorkshire Det. Sgt. Aector McAvoy. Mark expertly brings together two seemingly unrelated investigations while weaving in McAvoy’s devotion to his young family and sensitivity to the Roma background of his wife, Roison, whose extended family becomes involved in his inquiries. Fans of John Harvey and Peter James will find much to like.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A dark and nasty police story with strongly drawn characters, an unsettling story, a twisty plot, and a surprising ending… Snap it up.” –Examiner.com

“McAvoy’s second is an excellent police procedural featuring sex, violence, and complex characters who are quirky but likable.”—Kirkus

“Readers will immediately be drawn to the compelling, contradictory personality of McAvoy. Grade: A.” –Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Equally good read as a stand-alone or as the second in a series, Mark’s fast-paced police procedural featuring a likable and compelling main character is sure to keep fans of dark UK crime fiction entertained.” –Library Journal  



“Outstanding… Readers will want to see more of the complicated McAvoy, who well serves a sophisticated and disturbing plot.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An exceptional debut from an exciting new talent. David Mark is an original and captivating new voice.” –Val McDermid

“An impressive debut. John Harvey readers should take note.” Booklist (starred review)

“Fast moving and tightly plotted, with strong characterization and a likeable protagonist, this is an extremely promising debut.” The Guardian (UK)

“An unusual and accomplished debut with tight plotting and intelligent writing. Mark credits his grandparents with being ‘champion storytellers’ and he’s clearly inherited the gene.” The Daily Mail (UK)

“A promising debut…certainly provides a trip to Hull and back.” The Telegraph (UK)