The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter : The Glasgow Trilogy

  • by Malcolm Mackay
  • Narrated by Angus King
  • Series: The Glasgow Trilogy
  • 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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...

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What the Critics Say

“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?

I spent the whole of this book waiting for a story to develop or something to happen. Of course soemthing does happen and Lewis Winter does die. The publisher's summary describes the book as a gripping novel and I have to disagree. I did listen to the whole book. I didn't mind the narrator but maybe my ennui was a reflection of the tedium of the gunman's life. The spark of excitement was when he carried out his mission. I am not sure if I will download the next part of this trilogy.
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- Patricia

Glasgow's underworld comes to life!

Where does The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Will keep this one in my top ten for some time to come.


Who was your favorite character and why?

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!


Did Angus King do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

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.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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!


Any additional comments?

Excellent debut, looking forward to the next book.

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- El

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2013
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio