Lennox liked Quiet Tommy Quaid. Perhaps it's odd for a private detective to like - even admire - a career thief, but Quiet Tommy Quaid was the sort of man everyone liked.
Amiable, easygoing, well dressed, with no vices to speak of - well, aside from his excessive drinking and womanising, but then, in 1950s Glasgow those were practically virtues. And besides, throughout his many exploits outside the law, Quiet Tommy never once used violence.
It was rumoured to be the police who gave him his nickname - because whenever they caught him, which was not often, he always went quietly. So probably even the police liked him, deep down.
Above all, the reason people liked Tommy was that he you knew exactly what you were dealing with. Here, everybody realised, was someone who was exactly, simply and totally who and what he seemed to be.
But when Tommy turns up dead, Lennox and the rest of Glasgow will find out just how wrong they were.
©2016 Craig Russell (P)2016 WF Howes Ltd
This story, the characters and of course Sean Barratt's portrayal of Lennox was superb....as it has always been.
The blend of the dark elements of his character, Glasgow and the humour work perfectly together.
Rarely have I been so gripped by a set of stories that I feel disappointed I have to wait until another instalment become
I have now listened to all 5 books in the Lenox series and have loved the continuity of the characters especially twinkle toes! The story is only as good as the narrator and Sean Barrett is in a league of his own.
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
This was another goodie in this series about the Canadian detective Lennox who is trying to stay on the right side of the law. Lennox finds this hard work in the post war Glasgow were there seems more bad guys than good ones. He almost seems like the Scots Canadian cousin of Philip Marlow.
Sean Barrett has the low gravelly voice that give a laconic tone that perfectly describes Lennox and his Scotland.
Enjoy listening to crime and mystery thrillers. Favourite authors/narrators: Mankell, Nesbo, Hewson, James, Lyndsey/Reichlin & Barrett
Great narration. Great story. Great entertainment. Just keep getting better! How do you follow that?
Really enjoyed the most recent Craig Russell book. I've now listened to all the Lennox series and gave enjoyed them all. Great narration from Sean Barrett. Really keeps the atmosphere and the pace. Would recommend all of this series which creates a great gritty feel for 1950s Glasgow.
I enjoy mainly Crime and thrillers books, but am delighted when I sometimes stumble across other well written books.
Once again another atmospheric book. Superbly performed. A real treat. I am just sad that I have finished it. I will definitely listen again.
Although the Hamburg series is excellent too, the Lennox series has shown the mastery of Craig Russell's crime thriller writing at its best in my opinion. All have been excellent in evoking post war Glasgow, the grimy work of economic decay and the brutish world of organised crime.The city provides a wonderful counterpoint to the leader character's compromised character.He is rather unique on my experience and sets this series of crime novels apart from any other. Although at once repelled by Lennox's darker side, one cannot help but warm to him as he struggles to put his baser instincts behind him.
In this latest novel we encounter Thomas Quaid who is similar enough to Lennox to offer the latter a mirror in which to see himself and begin once again to pick himself up. But inevitably events take him back into a dirty dangerous world where he must sort out the messy detritus of human greed and sin.
The plot weaves in and out, keeping the reader guessing and never quite going where you guess, although it is never contrived; instead it delights, ramping up the tension before easing it back before it overpowers, always paced just right. We meet old friends too like Twinkletoes McBride and Jock Fergueson and get to know them better. Details become vitally important and one can only marvel at the writer's inventiveness and cleverness.
Such a book deserves a great narrator and Sean Barrat once again excels. As usual he nails the accents, and paces the action with consummate skill. Somehow he draws the listener in close to the action in a way that no other narrator can.
Altogether this is a wonderful novel and thoroughly recommended.
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