It's November 1956. The world is in turmoil, the Suez Crisis and the Hungarian Uprising boiling away in the background. Lennox, though, has more immediate concerns, like getting his personal life and his business back on track. In a bid to stay out of trouble, he's looking for more legitimate cases. Anything's better than working for the Three Kings, the crime bosses who run Glasgow's underworld.
When a woman comes into his office and hires him to follow her philandering husband, it seems the perfect case. Straightforward, typical and, most of all, legal. As he begins to dig deeper, Lennox realizes this is no simple case of marital infidelity. He finds himself caught by the police in a room with a dead body, pursued by shadowy members of the intelligence community, and the people he's been tracking start to track him. In the thick of it once more, Lennox has to draw on the violent, war-damaged part of his personality that he tries to keep buried as he follows a trail of dead men and broken hearts.
©2012 Craig Russell (P)2012 Quercus Publishing Plc
I enjoy mainly Crime and thrillers books, but am delighted when I sometimes stumble across other well written books.
Once again, the combination of Craig Russell's story and the fantastic narration by Sean Barrett have combined the make for a very enjoyable listen. I do most of my listening on the 2 mile walk to and from work, when I have a good book such as this one, for some reason it always takes longer to walk. I suspect it is because I don't want the pleasure to end. More please.
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Another example of a very good story made even better by a superb narrator. Sean Barrett is one of the best, if not THE best I've heard. He has a great range of credible accents, being able to give good Canadian, Glaswegian and Scottish Highland accents one after the other. Graig Russell's Lennox stories have all been thoroughly enjoyable listens, my only slight disappointment with this recording being a couple of periods of annoying high pitched interference noise but I don't think any of the dialogue was lost.
I really enjoyed all four of these audio books. I'm now officially a Sean Barrett fan, he narrates this type of novel so spot on. I couldn't put these down I didn't talk to hubby for over a week. So hope there will be more. Without giving anything away would love to hear the aftermath if his private life. So more more more please.
If you haven't discovered Craig Russell, his Lennox series & the fantastic narrator, Sean Barrett, you are SO missing out!!! Mr Russell's writing is fabulous, serious yet witty, informative & brings a refreshing, atmospheric narrative to this genre. I cannot fault ANY aspect of the writing, the characterisations, the plotting or the narrations of ALL Mr Russell's books, particularly the Lennox series. Dead Men and Broken Hearts, the fourth in the series, in my opinion, is heart renderingly brilliant & as amazing as its three predecessors. The Lennox books are very unique & I have listened to them all several times. Sean Barrett brings all the characters to life & is the best narrator I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I unreservedly recommend, not just Dead Men & broken Hearts, but ALL the Lennox books (& the Hamburg books). Craig Russell & Sean Barrett........truly a match made in Heaven!!!!!
Craig Russell keeps going fro strength to strength. I love Lennox and Fabel both great characters. In Dead men and broken hearts Lennox is still trying to distance himself from the gangland side of Glasgow in the 1950's. Trouble is never far away and Lennox no matter how hard he tries is a magnet for trouble. This time it could be one case to many as Lennox contemplates returning to his homeland of Canada but can he survive long enough to do so?
I listened to this audiobook over three days. I was gripped and in one or two places I was moved. The epilogue puts all of the loose ends away and I appreciate that from my authors.
It is set in the late 50's/early 60's and I found it refreshing to find a crime novel without any mobile phones.
I will listen to this book again sometime and keep a notebook handy. The reason for that being that I let a few beautifully crafted sentences go by and I'd like to revisit them. This book has renewed my appreciation that a well written sentence does not have to be flowery. The internal ramblings of our detective are thought provoking.
I loved this book. I have listened to the previous ones on the way to this one and would recommend you do the same.
I have just listened to all four of the Lennox books by Craig Russell. By the end of Dead Men and Broken hearts I was living in the murky world inhabited by Lennox, the unconventional enquiry agent with a heart of gold. The world of the 3 Kings and Twinkle-Toes McBride was wonderfully brought to life by Sean Barrett enabling me to get right inside the characters. His accents were spot on and the way he builds the suspense is spell binding.
I have listened to all the thrillers narrated by Sean and they are all top class but this series of books is by far his best work. Craig Russell's character building is fantastic and the pace of the story, helped by Sean's performance, make this series a compelling read.
I can't wait until the next episode.
The first three books in the series are also brilliant
All his narrations are of the highest quality
The developing relationship between Lennox and Twinkle-Toes
A fantastic author and great series of books.Hope there is another in the pipeline. Living in the city in which it is set makes it even more interesting for me. I have recommended them to all who are interested. Germany has picked up the baton with his other series of books. why not Britain with this series.
This is the second Craig Russell book I've listened to. He is a master of time & place and his descriptions of people show incredible insight into the best and worst of the human race. There is not a word missed or a sentence unnecessarily embellished. Sean Barrett's reading is the icing on the cake. BRAVO!
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