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The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter
by Malcolm Mackay


Overview - IT'S EASY TO KILL A MAN. IT'S HARD TO KILL A MAN WELL.

A twenty-nine-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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
IT'S EASY TO KILL A MAN. IT'S HARD TO KILL A MAN WELL.

A twenty-nine-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 organization wants more?

A meeting at a club. An offer. A target: Lewis Winter, a necessary sacrifice that will be only the first step in an all-out war between crime syndicates the likes of which hasn't been seen for decades.

It's easy to kill a man. 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316337304
  • ISBN-10: 0316337307
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

Series: Glasgow Trilogy 1

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - International Mystery & Crime
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

British author Mackay makes his U.S. debut with the dark first in his Glasgow trilogy. A powerful Glasgow boss, Peter Jamieson, hires Calum MacLean, a freelance hit man, to take out Lewis Winter, a smalltime drug dealer who has stepped on some dangerous toes. While 29-year-old Calum is a familiar type, a tough loner with few meaningful human connections, Mackay makes him oddly sympathetic. All the characters, from a police detective investigating a murder to Winter’s opportunistic girlfriend, come across as three-dimensional. The author also does a good job de-romanticizing the life of the hit man, capturing the dullness of Calum’s days as he goes through his preparations for the job. Understated dialogue shows that the characters know how to read what is not said, as well as what is said. Mackay doesn’t break any new ground, but tartan noir fans will be satisfied. Agent: Grainne Fox, Fletcher & Company. (Apr.)

 
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