The stunning new novel from the author of The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter
How does a gunman retire? Frank MacLeod was the best at what he does. Thoughtful. Efficient. Ruthless. But is he still the best?A new job. A target. But something is about to go horribly wrong. Someone is going to end up dead. Most gunmen say goodbye to the world with a bang. Frank's still here. He's lasted longer than he should have...
The breathtaking, devastating sequel to lauded debut The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, How a Gunman Says Goodbye will plunge the reader back into the Glasgow underworld, where criminal organisations war for prominence and those caught up in events are tested at every turn.
The final book in the Glasgow Trilogy The Sudden Arrival of Violence will follow soon...
©2013 Malcolm Mackay (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
"How a Gunman Says Goodbye is even better than its remarkable predecessor...The author is already being hailed as a new star of tartan noir and if the third book in this trilogy can maintain the impetus of the first two the existing clan of Scottish writers may have to look to their laurels" (Daily Express)
"Malcolm Mackay is such a good writer. He is laconic, pared down and instinctively aware of the reader's sensibilities" (West Highland Free Press)
This book is better than the first as the characters become more alive.
The scene at 1am where they start the chain of phone calls is so well described and quite thrilling. Really really enjoyed this book. I'd recommend reading the first book beforehand.
I have just read Malcolm Mackay's Glasgow trilogy and loved it. "A wholly believable and unnerving portrait of organised crime" according to the guardian, and I cannot disagree.
Brilliantly written in language that's as hardboiled and taciturn as the protagonists, this is Tartan Noir at its best.
If you like Chandler, Ellroy, the Sopranos and Breaking Bad, I think you'll like this.
When the opening paragraph introduced a long list of characters, I knew it was going to be an effort to remain engaged. The narrative was attempting to endear the reader to the personae with an introduction but only succeeded in making the author sound amateur or naive.
I don't know what the author could have done to make the read more enjoyable because my brain disengaged after the first 20 minutes and I fell asleep inside of an hour. For context, this is unusual. I have been known to enjoy audiobook marathons that consign a decent nights sleep to a fortnightly luxury. I even soldiered through the epic boredom of "A Canticle for Leibowitz" so lets not put this failure down to a lack of stamina.
Probably not unless he gets a rave review by someone I trust.
Yes, it did manage to put an insomniac into a rare and prolonged state of REM sleep. Perhaps, the later chapters provided more entertainment, but I'll never find out.
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