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…
©2013 Malcolm Mackay (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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Critic Reviews

”There aren’t too many crime novels that take the reader into the mind…This is a truly exceptional debut” (Independent)
”The debut writer who is being hailed as tartan noir’s most authoritative and authentic new voice . . . Mackay writes in a tough-guy style that is reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett at their most hard-boiled” (Scotsman)
”A remarkably original debut . . . this is a book that it would be hard not to finish in one sitting . . . a wholly believable and unnerving portrait of organised crime” (Observer)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 01-04-2014

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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4 out of 5 stars
By El on 01-12-2013

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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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