Taking Pity (Aector McAvoy, #4) by David Mark

Taking Pity (Aector McAvoy, #4)

The New York Times hails David Mark’s police thrillers as “in the honorable tradition of Joseph Wambaugh and Ed McBain.” In Taking Pity, Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy returns for another darkly enthralling installment of this internationally acclaimed series.It’s been three months since a devastating tragedy ripped Detective Sergeant McAvoy’s life apart. Living alone with his young son in a temporary flat down the road from the charr...

Details Taking Pity (Aector McAvoy, #4)

TitleTaking Pity (Aector McAvoy, #4)
Release DateJul 7th, 2015
PublisherBlue Rider Press
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Thriller, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Taking Pity (Aector McAvoy, #4)

  • Brenda
    This was another satisfying book featuring Aector McAvoy. I like the author's writing style, but surely the setting of Hull with its miserable weather can’t be that depressing or realistic.The plot in this book is one that requires concentration to follow, and unfortunately my poor brain had other things it wanted to think about. It might have helped if I’d had longer chunks of time to lose myself in the story. I considered going back to make...
  • Thomas
    This is book 4 in the DS Aector McAvoy police procedural series, set in Hull, England. DS McAvoy is on indefinite sick leave, recovering from an attack by organized criminals that nearly killed him and his family(subject of book 3, "Sorrow Bound"). This an intricately plotted mystery with many players-- rival criminal gangs and the police, including some corrupt cops feeding info to the criminals.There are horrific descriptions of torture--pressi...
  • Julie
    Taking Pity by David Mark is a 2015 Blue Rider Press publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is my first book by this author, which means I read, and am now reviewing the fourth book in a series, even though I have not read the first three books in the series. Usually, that is no big deal for me, since I can normally piece together the inner workings of the recurring ch...
  • Trish
    There is something friendly-sounding about a man with two first names. It is deceptive in one way at least: this police procedural is the fourth the Aector McAvoy series, a U.K. Yorkshire-based crime series, and it curates ways in which one man can hurt another. The skein of characters is tangled by this point in the series, but Mark invites us in with detailed descriptions of Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaoh and her suspended, injured, ret...
  • Sandy
    Gripping & so damn smart Book #4 begins with a chilling flashback to 1966. A small town cop stumbles over 4 bodies in a graveyard while Peter Coles, a local "slow" boy, stands nearby with a shotgun. Peter will go on to spend the next 50 years in various asylums.In present day, DI Aector McAvoy is still on leave following events from the previous book. HIs home is a bombed out shell, his wife & daughter are gone & he's living in a motel with 5 yea...
  • Helen Deakin
    This was a really interesting book and I liked the writing style. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because I didn't fall head over heels in love with in like with some books but did really like it. I have picked up another David Mark book today.
  • Faith
    After reading "Original Skin", the second book in this series featuring Detective Sargeant Aector McAvoy of the Hull police, I didn't really expect to read any more of the series. I found McAvoy to be a dull, colorless, placid, family man. His wife is a Traveler who seemed reckless and a poor match for a police officer. (view spoiler)[ In the new book, his wife and baby daughter have been injured in an explosion (I assume in the third book) and a...
  • Tucker
    DS Aector McAvoy is one of my absolute favorite British coppers. His great hulking appearance can be very intimidating to those who don’t know him, but that masks a sensitive, kind, honest man who is utterly devoted to his family. As his father says about him, “Too much heart, that one. He doesn’t know what to do with it.”In the fourth book in the series, the focus shifts more to Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaoh and her team’s inv...
  • BookwormDH
    They have taken DS Aector McAvoy's family.They have taken DCI Colin Ray's foundation.They have taken DS Trish Pharaoh's fight.Now the ruthless criminal network that has tightened its stranglehold on Hull intends to take everything that remains from those who dare to stand in its way.A solid piece of crime writing. Exceptional plot with plenty of twists and turns - a page-turning book with plenty of Yorkshire grit! David Mark has a way of drawing ...
  • Mairi Deans
    Yet another cracker! Couldn't continue reading in bed last night as it was so tense. And, despite a final resolution, new hints of fresh and exciting developments in book 5. Can't wait!
  • Patricia
    A better than average murder mystery thriller. Tight plot and well written. The novel opens on March 29, 1966 when a local police officer, John Glass, arriving on a crime scene at a church where a young man, Peter Coles, is holding a gun and a family of four, Clarence, Evelyn and twins Stephen and Anastasia Winn, are dead. One Winn child, Vaughn, has survived as he was allegedly not at home nor the crime scene. Peter has been committed to a menta...
  • Annette
    While I enjoyed Taking Pity, it is my least favorite of the Detective Sergeant McAvoy novels simply because McAvoy isn't in it enough!Taking Pity follows the familiar path of these books, in that there are two seemingly unrelated crimes being investigated that somehow become entwined. Aector has been pulled from his medical leave to investigate a multiple murder that occurred in the 1960s. The perpetrator admitted the crime and has been in a ment...
  • Jim Durrett
    This is the 4th in the series with DS Aector McAvoy and his boss, Det. Supt. Trish Pharaoh.The best of the series so far, in my opinion. As David Mark develops his characters, the plotsbecome more convoluted and fascinating. I personally like Mark's style. In many cases, shortmeaningful sentences. They hit hard. I can picture the sky, clouds, sea the way he describes them. Best to read in order. There are some short stories too, but I have been u...
  • August Is Azathoth The Haunted Reading Room
    REVIEW: TAKING PITY by David Mark [Aector McEvoy #4]TAKING PITY is the latest in the unforgettable series that combines Noir, British police procedural, and a literary grasp of unexpected poetic imagery. Once again, crime in Hull is a growth industry. A grieving Detective Sergeant Aector McEvoy returns from leave to.discover himself in the midst of a case supposedly solved decades before--a case in which justice may have been only imperfectly ser...
  • Hannah
    Blugh, so desperate to read this after the ending of no.3 but this is by far the weakest in the series. Rampant writing style that is at times impossible to follow plot wise. So much unnesscesarry violence and grimness in this book, all previous ones it had just been moments (which has more impact). Too little character focus and it was all so OTT and melodramatic.Very disappointed, will be a while before I give no.5 a go!
  • Stephen
    the continuing series based in east riding and hull and feel this was the darkest one yet where a crime from the past comes back to haunt some of the characters today where dark secrets still lurk behind the scenes. as the dust settles from losing his house and on sick tries to rebuild his life not realising what will happen when told by home office to look into an old crime from 1966.
  • Gary Van Cott
    3.5 stars. It has been six months since I read the previous book in this series. Unfortunately, that was too long for me to retain anything more than a superficial understanding of the events in the previous books. The author describes some of what happened previously but not why. I also thought the climax was excessively melodramatic.
  • Rachel Groves
    Disappointing compared to previous in the series. Too much to keep track of, characters not established enough, confusing plot line and McAvoy lost, floundering and playing a weak part in the story. Couldn't finish it in the end. Just didn't care enough about the story or the characters.
  • Moirad
    Excellent, BUT you either need to binge-read this series, or have an amazing memory for what happened in previous "episodes". They really read like one long book - a "previously on Aector McAvoy" paragraph at the start of each would be really helpful.
  • Al Stoess
    Violence. More violence. Bad times in Britain among the police. Hard to follow at times.
  • CatherinesBooks
    I enjoyed the characters. Almost too much violence. The conclusion was convoluted.
  • Monica
    I have the same mixed reactions to this book as I had to its predecessor – good descriptive writing and interesting characters pushed a bit too far over the edge. The jacket describes the book as “noir-ish”, whatever that means. Ish??? In my book, it is either noir or not. It is, however, violent and bloody, and bloody complicated.The sheer number of cops who have been compromised into collusion with a brutal drug gang and the elaborate way...
  • Shivon Burridge
    I've really enjoyed the Aector Mcavoy series of books but this was probably my least favourite so far. I found the overall story difficult to follow until everything was revealed at the end. This made the whole novel less suspenseful as the other books and I found myself picking it up and putting it down again. The ending was unexpected and has left a huge cliffhanger for the next installment. For me the 3 previous novels had better murder cases ...
  • Jc
    It is not often that a find a book totally confusing till the end. This is due to several facts. There are too many characters and they are referred to alternatively by their last name or the first name. There are several plots that do not connect till the end: the investigation of an old murder and the gang wars in Hull but you are never told who is on which side. Many of the characters are bent cop but that is not explained either. The author r...
  • Sandra
    I did find this over-heavy in description, especially at the beginning when every observation came with three sentences, and it was ... perfunctory? in justifying the violence, in my perhaps skewed opinion. but the dialogue, in several places was excellent, the sense of place brutally well-evoked and the plot - after something of a tumble of an ending - well-worked, with nastiness set up for the next book.
  • Diogenes
    This is my first David Mark book. Perhaps if one starts with the first in the series, it might be less convoluted and easier to follow, but I found it confusing and frustrating to try to figure out the interplay between the characters and their often elliptical past experiences. The tone is morose and graphic brutality pervades - so much so that one feels the need to read a comedy to regain some sunshine.
  • John Bohnert
    There were too many characters and a plot too complicated for my tastes.
  • Jack
    A dark and desperate crime novel, where it's not always clear who the bad guys are, and no one is completely good or totally evil.
  • Gayle
    Throughly enjoying this great series of books. The complicated saga of Aector McAvoy is convoluted and full of powerful real characters.
  • Myrna
    Absolutely fantastic! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Highly recommended.