Eight months ago, there was a body in the barrel. Now there's just a mess.
DS Aector McAvoy's latest case is proving a hard one to crack.
Back in November, Paul Rouse was shot, welded into a beer barrel and sent floating down the Humber.
The barrel's been traced to riverside pub The Trawl. It's the kind of place where the locals have plenty of secrets to keep. None of them are talking.
To anyone else, the case would be a dead end.
But McAvoy always finds a way...
Fire of Lies introduces gentle giant McAvoy, his fierce boss Trish, and characters you'd only ever meet in a David Mark novel. It's Hullishly good.
David Mark spent more than 15 years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post - walking the Hull streets that would later become the setting for the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy novels.
He has written five novels in the McAvoy series, Dark Winter, Original Sin, Sorrow Bound, Taking Pity and Dead Pretty. Dark Winter was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel, a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. He is currently reader in residence for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.
He lives in Lincolnshire with his family, and you can find him on Twitter @davidmarkwriter.