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The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter Audiobook

The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

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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

What the Critics Say

"A very auspicious debut... This is an amazing novel... incredibly gripping from the first page to the last... a vivid portrait of the Glasgow underworld... it's completely hypnotic... like the great writers, people like Elmore Leanord, [Mackay] paints really vivid portraits of his characters... a really unique voice" (Mark Billingham)
"A really clever multi-viewpoint novel about the Glasgow underworld . . . it will appeal to people who like to have a bit of a think as well as being entertained. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter was a real revelation, a real find for me" (Kate Mosse)
"A dark, rich, brutal thriller... it absolutely captivates you. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter is more than a page turner, it's a page ripper. For a debut novel this sparkles, this zings, it leaps off the page. If you like Ian Rankin, if you like Stuart MacBride, if you like Val McDermid, Denise Mina - Malcolm Mackay is right up there" (Peter James)
"Glasgow's a tough city and this is a tough book... very authentic, very gritty, you can really feel the streets. They call this genre Tartan Noir and absolutely The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter is a first class member of that" (Lee Child)

"This clipped, chilly novel is an admirable essay on the nature and mechanics of murder-to-order...Despite its taut, flinty deliberation, Mackay still manages to put soft flesh on his characters." (Radio Times)

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    Elaine Dundee, United Kingdom 01/12/2013
    Elaine Dundee, United Kingdom 01/12/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia scunthorpe, United Kingdom 01/04/2014
    Patricia scunthorpe, United Kingdom 01/04/2014 Member Since 2016

    I tend to use audible like you would use a book shop. I browse most days and delight in finding a new author or series of books.

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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G P Forde 28/06/2014
    G P Forde 28/06/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter the most enjoyable?

    Tightly written, brilliantly narrated and, as the first in a trilogy, I had two more to enjoy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although the subject matter could have led to a gruesome tale of sex and violence, it was superbly handled.


    What about Angus King’s performance did you like?

    An amazing performance by Angus King. He captured the essence of the story and made the written book redundant.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Most highly recommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Thresh and Jane Murphy-Thresh 12/09/2014
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    "Very badly written story."
    What would have made The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter better?

    Including emotions as they are felt by the characters and writing from their own point of view as they feel them and not as if they are reporting them to a third party.


    What was most disappointing about Malcolm Mackay’s story?

    The author seems to believe that writing very short sentences increases the pace and urgency of the story making it more enthralling. It does not. Their occasional use can do this but writing it entirely in this way is simply annoying. Also the story is written from the point of view of each character but in an almost reported, third person singular manner, making for a very detached style which doesn't involve the reader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had poor material to work with but did not seem to add much emotion to the characters.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were few, if any, redeeming qualities to this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Worsley, United Kingdom 25/06/2014
    Ms Worsley, United Kingdom 25/06/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Unexpected but excellent"
    If you could sum up The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter in three words, what would they be?

    Different, interesting and gripping


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it, and have already downloaded the next in the trilogy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FREDA SEVENOAKS, United Kingdom 16/01/2014
    FREDA SEVENOAKS, United Kingdom 16/01/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "STROLLS ALONG"

    I usually listen to lot longer books, as I have sometimes been disappointed in shorter books having less time to develop characters and plot lines. However this book, althought short , lets you into the mind of many of the characters, as you see a crime from the point of view of them,one at a time, as the plot develops. It is interesting to see the differing thoughts as the plot progresses. So although it's a fairly straightforward crime story, it does give a different slant to it and I found it strolled along to a satisfactory conclusion. I appreciated that although it is written from differing characters points of view , the narrrator stayed the same. I have found it irritating in some audiobooks books when different narrators are used for different characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey Sudbury, United Kingdom 21/09/2015
    Lindsey Sudbury, United Kingdom 21/09/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "uninteresting"

    A very dull story. I had a struggle to finish this book. I found the narrator s accent irritating and sometimes hard to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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