Glasgow 1953: a hard city at a hard time. The war may be over but the battle for the streets is just beginning, and shady investigator Lennox is the man in the middle.
The McGahern twins were on the way up until Tam, the brains of the outfit, becomes the victim of a vicious contract killing. Tam's brother Frankie turns to Lennox to find out who killed his twin. Lennox refuses. Later that night, Frankie turns up dead, and Lennox finds himself in the frame for murder.
The only way of proving his innocence is to solve the crime - but he'll have to dodge men more deadly than Glasgow's crime bosses before he gets any answers.
©2009 Craig Russell (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
Like in all the best thrillers the protagonist is a creature of dark and light, but it's dark that pervades this Glasgow noir tale of murder and brutality. The mid-20th century British setting places the action close to home whilst giving the tale historical interest. The key to a good audiobook however is in the narration, and here it's superb. I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job as Lennox's mouthpiece.
I have listened to Russell's 3 'Fabel' books set in Hamburg and have loved them all and can only hope for a lot more in the future. This is something a bit different from him but still written with a style and grace that brings everything to life and with a story that is compelling. If you enjoy Ian Rankin or Michael Connelly then you will love Craig Russell.
"A truly atmospheric piece of literature"
The best way to enjoy "Lennox" is to lay in a darkened room put on your headphones press play and wait for seedy the black and white movie to run inside your head.
A truly atmospheric piece of literature, that you will NOT want anyone or anything interrupting. I do hope we get a follow up?
"Superbly written, plotted and narrated"
Heard this book being highly recommended as a good read on a Radio 4 programme (by another female author). I have listened to it twice and it was even better the second time! Sean Barrett's narration draws the listener so easily into the tough world of 1950's Glasgow and does real justice to Craig Russell's superb novel. Lennox is a compelling and imperfect hero and the characters and the unusual plot will really get you hooked. I am looking forward to reading more by this author now that I've discovered him- as 'Lennox' is a class act in my opinion, and a real cut above most of the rest.
"First class Chandleresque thriller set in Glasgow"
My title says it all. The novel is a thriller set in Glasgow during the 1950's. It inhabits the post WWII era of the Glasgow ganglands. The style and voice is one of Raymond Chandler and it is done vey well, in fact the plotting is possibly better than Chandler.
However, in my opinion, the echo of Chandler is also the novel's problem. I can live withthe cliche's and stereo-types, but I would have preferred the author to have created his own voice, which I am sure he is capable of. This does not detract too much from the enjoyment of a really good thriller, where suspension of disbelief is possible all of the way through. If you enjoy tribute bands as much as the real thing, and if you like Chandler, then you will like this novel.
Th narration is also first class.
I'm already a great fan of Craig Russell and of Sean Barrett's narration and Lennox is well up to the standard of previous books. The story is gripping, exciting and Sean's plethora of different accents makes it seem like a dramatisation. I highly recommend this excellent author to you - you won't be disappointed.
"My first but definitely not the last"
This is the first of Russell's books that I've listened to and it definitely won't be the last. I chose it on the strength of the other reviews here and wasn't disappointed - so thank you all. There is nothing to add to earlier and more eloquent comments: it's an excellently-crafted story, brought superbly to life by Seán Barrett's narration and highly recommended.
"Chandler-esque crime noir set in post-war Glasgow"
This was my first title from this author but I'm looking forward to more. A clasic noir crime story set in an evocative post-war Glasgow with a satisfyingly complex plot, wide cast of characters and plenty of atmosphere.
Gritty and absorbing and very well read. I felt I was watching a film noir from the 40's. The humour is the icing on the cake.
After reading all the Jan Fabel series I was desperate for more Craig Russell and tried this. The characters and setting couldn't be further removed from the Jan Fabel's Hamburg but yet again Craig Russell has delivered something fresh, interesting and well crafted. As gritty as this book is, I like the fact that Lennox has a sense of humour and I laughed out loud more than once during the book. Beware that 'gritty' does also mean that there's a great deal of colourful language in the book but you'd expect nothing less from a book set in 1950's Glasgow.
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