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 The Dark Winter

by David Mark

"Cops in the economically ravaged northern England city of Hull don't know what to think of the new detective who has joined the force. Aector McAvoy is a veritable giant, and there are vague rumors that he was nearly killed bringing down a rogue cop and a contract killer. But in Hull, he is a shy computer wizard .... First-novelist Mark shrewdly makes Aector an enigma for readers, slowly building the conflicted hero throughout the book. Equally shrewdly, he gives Aector a tough and insightful female supervisor, who, after puckishly remarking he should have come with an 'owner's manual' ultimately unpacks her complex charge." -- Booklist