Bobby March Will Live Forever by Alan Parks


Thank you Anne Cater of Random Things Through My Letterbox for inviting me to review Bobby March Will Live Forever and take part in the #BlogTour. Many thanks to Canongate for the hardback book. Last but certainly not least thank you to Alan Parks for this gripping crime thriller.

The Book


The papers want blood.

The force wants results.

The law must be served, 

whatever the cost.

July 1973. The Glasgow drugs trade is booming and 

Bobby March, the city’s own rock-star hero, has just 

overdosed in a central hotel. Alice Kelly is thirteen years 

old, lonely and missing. Meanwhile the niece of McCoy’s 

boss has fallen in with a bad crowd and when she goes 

AWOL, McCoy is asked – off the books – to find her. 

McCoy has a hunch. But does he have enough time?

My Thoughts

Bobby March Will Live Forever is a gripping crime thriller which takes you back to the 60’s & 70’s when policing was so different. I am not old enough to remember those times, thankfully, but somehow I could put myself there. I enjoyed reading a crime novel set in a different period.

Harry McCoy has to be the unluckiest Polis around. Not only is he a very experienced Detective being held back from assisting in the biggest case Glasgow has seen for some time he also takes a beating from what seems like anyone in a bad mood that given day. 

Alan Parks writes Bobby March Will Live Forever keeping the story real to the times. I could picture the scenes well, although a heatwave in Glasgow seems a bit far fetched! 

On a serious note if you lived as a teenager or older in the 60’s or 70’s you will no doubt be able to relate.

The cases McCoy gets involved in take him from Glasgow across the water to Belfast unraveling what can only be described as twists and turns I was far from expecting. 

If you want to be gripped all the way through wondering where you are going to be taken next really not having a clue then this is the thriller for you.

I recommend this to all crime readers. 

The Author

Alan Parks has worked in the music industry for over twenty years. His debut novel Bloody January was shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He lives and works in Glasgow, and is available for press and events.

Bobby March Will Live Forever was published on 5 March 2020 by Canongate. To find out where you can get a copy go to Canongate

Follow the #BlogTour on Twitter