An arresting, gripping novel of dark relationships and even darker moralities: introducing a remarkable new voice in crime fiction.
A 29-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this a job offer. The clues are there if you know to look for them. He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organisation wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A brief. A target: Lewis Winter. It’s hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. The hard way has consequences.
An arresting, gripping novel of dark relationships and even darker moralities, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter introduces a remarkable new voice in crime fiction. The second book in the Glasgow Trilogy How A Gunman Says Goodbye will follow soon…
“A very auspicious debut… This is an amazing novel… incredibly gripping from the first page to the last… a vivid portrait of the Glasgow underworld… it’s completely hypnotic… like the great writers, people like Elmore Leanord, [Mackay] paints really vivid portraits of his characters… a really unique voice” (Mark Billingham)
“A really clever multi-viewpoint novel about the Glasgow underworld . . . it will appeal to people who like to have a bit of a think as well as being entertained. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter was a real revelation, a real find for me” (Kate Mosse)
“A dark, rich, brutal thriller… it absolutely captivates you. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter is more than a page turner, it’s a page ripper. For a debut novel this sparkles, this zings, it leaps off the page. If you like Ian Rankin, if you like Stuart MacBride, if you like Val McDermid, Denise Mina – Malcolm Mackay is right up there” (Peter James)
"Glasgow’s a tough city and this is a tough book… very authentic, very gritty, you can really feel the streets. They call this genre Tartan Noir and absolutely The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter is a first class member of that” (Lee Child)
"This clipped, chilly novel is an admirable essay on the nature and mechanics of murder-to-order…Despite its taut, flinty deliberation, Mackay still manages to put soft flesh on his characters." (Radio Times)
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Was it clever or was it boring?
Glasgow's underworld comes to life!
Will keep this one in my top ten for some time to come.
I have to say , Callum, was my favourite character despite his chosen career. He is cool, calm and collected and goes about his "duties" with apparent nonchalance!
Angus King was very adept at giving the listener a sense of each character, although his 'voice' for Winter's girlfriend, Zara, was a tad squeaky and grating.
The story is gripping from the first few pages, but seriously gets going after Winter's untimely end. Callum's assistant is funny, his comments whilst in Winter's house had me giggling to myself!
Excellent debut, looking forward to the next book.