The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

Malcolm Mackay

The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

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 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. 3.8 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
Format Hardcover
Pages 256
RRP
Date of Publication January 2013
ISBN 978-0230766204
Publisher Mantle
 

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 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.

Reviews

The Observer

Alison Flood

What emerges is a bleak, depressing, frighteningly plausible picture of Glasgow's criminal underworld. The tension – and there's a lot of it; this is a book that it would be hard not to finish in one sitting – builds as Calum's plans near fruition, as Lewis goes about his life unaware, and as the realities of this dreary, dangerous world become clear.

13/01/2013

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The Daily Telegraph

Jake Kerridge

This is frills-free storytelling: the prose is clinical and unadorned, the moralising minimal, the narrative linear with no mystery element and nothing kept secret from the reader. Yet Mackay ratchets up the tension like a master, and his ability to create rounded characters makes his book, despite its dark subject matter, a breath of fresh air.

30/01/2013

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The Times

Marcel Berlins

Mackay eschews most of the usual tricks and formulae, no one is particularly likeable nor hateful, and there is not much tension. Yet he has woven a quietly absorbing gangland tale, full of moral ambiguities.

12/01/2013

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The Daily Mail

Geoffrey Wansell

There are Glasgow villains, bent policemen, a gangster’s moll with smarts to die for, not to mention the shabby drug-dealer Lewis Winter who has to die. My sole complaint is that it lacks a sense of place. There is no real feel for Glasgow’s mean streets - it is too internal for that. But Mackay will discover that, and when he does ‘tartan noir’ will have a new star.

24/01/2013

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