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Malcolm Mackay- The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (Glasgow Trilogy 1)
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The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter. A twenty-nine-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. Another job is another job, but what if this organization wants more?
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A meeting at a club. An offer. A target: Lewis Winter, a necessary sacrifice that will be only the first step in an all-out war between crime syndicates the likes of which hasn't been seen for decades. It's easy to kill a man. It's hard to kill a man well.
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People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. 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. 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. 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?
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. 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!
Excellent debut, looking forward to the next book. 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. 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. There were few, if any, redeeming qualities to this book. Different, interesting and gripping. I loved it, and have already downloaded the next in the trilogy. A disappointing book.
Choosing a non-Glaswegian, Scots narrator and the terrible accent, irked me. The story takes a very long time to get nowhere and I found it hard to get two thirds of the way through. Short, snappy sentence length detracts from the story and in no way creates the urgency it attempts. Very poor book. Rather long and slightly confusing start to Malcolm Mackay's underworld story, but had to finish. It's interesting to read a crime book that isn't a thriller. It's a solid setup and an interesting view into the Glaswegian underworld, and more importantly the variety of point of view characters gives a really interesting insight into the workings of a number of minds and personalities, which was my favourite part.
The actual events of the story are what let it down. I won't spoil anything but I don't need to - the author basically telegraphs everything that'll happen in advance.
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Everything is analysed in minute detail in inner monologues, and there's no real twist or mystery. Towards the end there's some minor uncertainty over who was the victim of an attack, but it's resolved quickly and I was never in any real doubt.
Then the book ends more or less without ceremony, with the police investigation incomplete and the great game being played by the big gang players barely begun. Can't help feeling the story barely got started, but somehow took a long time doing so. A very dull story. I had a struggle to finish this book. I found the narrator s accent irritating and sometimes hard to understand. By: Malcolm Mackay. Narrated by: Angus King. Series: The Glasgow Trilogy , Book 1. Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins. Publisher's Summary An arresting, gripping novel of dark relationships and even darker moralities: introducing a remarkable new voice in crime fiction.