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Craig Russell
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24 May 2012 Lennox 3

Human remains are recovered from the bottom of the River Clyde. Tests reveal they've been there for eighteen years. Glasgow's underworld is buzzing with the news that the dredged up bones belong to Gentleman Joe Strachan, the city's most successful and ruthless armed robber.

Strachan's daughters, Isa and Violet, want to hire Lennox to find out who has been sending them large sums of cash each year on the anniversary of Strachan's most successful robbery. Despite his reservations, Lennox needs the money and takes the job.

But his investigations lead him back into the dark world of the Three Kings - the crime bosses who run the city. He should never have got involved ...

Tough, gritty, and as noir as they come, The Deep Dark Sleep guarantees a sleepless night.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (24 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857381822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857381828
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of the Jan Fabel thrillers set in contemporary Hamburg and the Lennox series set in the Glasgow of the 1950s, Craig Russell's novels have been translated into twenty-three languages worldwide and dramatized for television and radio.
The only non-German to be awarded the highly prestigious Polizeistern by the Polizei Hamburg, he was nominated for the 2007 CWA Duncan Lawrie Golden Dagger and the SNCF Prix Polar in France. In 2008, he won the CWA Dagger in the Library.
The first television adaptation in Germany of a Jan Fabel novel attracted an audience of six million viewers.

Official website: http://www.craigrussell.com
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'Russell's 1950s Glasgow is dank, murky and excellently realised. Slick, chilling and excellently written' The Scotsman.

'Vivid and compelling, with a dark sense of place, even darker characters, and deliciously noir humour' Peter James

'the Glasgow that Russell conjures up is dark, cold and shabby, but poised on the edge of the more promising 60s. It's seen through the eyes of the classic crime hero outsider, Lennox... [Craig Russell] remains one of the more intelligent and sophisticated proponents of the genre' Glasgow Herald.

'Set in 1950's Glasgow, it is tartan noir at its noirest - compelling and dark' Scottish Sunday Herald.

'Russell is a truly gifted story teller and this tale of life in post WWII Glasgow is brimming with rich descriptions of larger-than-life characters' Euro Crime.

'Lennox is entertainingly dodgy ... in an engaging caper with a setting made for all manner of elaborate crimes' Sunday Times.

'This series just gets better and better in my eyes - accomplished plotting, great characterisation melded with a perfect balance of grim violence and wise-cracking dialogue' Raven Crime Reads.

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Human remains are recovered from the bottom of the River Clyde. Not an unusual occurrence, but these have been sleeping the deep, dark sleep for eighteen years. Suddenly Glasgow's underworld is buzzing with the news that the dredged-up bones belong to Gentleman Joe Strachan, Glasgow's most successful and ruthless armed robber. Isa and Violet, Strachan's daughters, hire private investigator Lennox to find out who has been sending them large sums of cash each year, on the anniversary of Strachan's most successful robbery. But Lennox's instincts tell him that this job spells trouble and will take him back in to the dark world of the Three Kings - the crime bosses who run the city. He takes the job nevertheless. And soon learns that ignoring his instincts might just cost him his life. This is the third fantastic thriller featuring shady investigator Lennox as he stalks Glasgow's tough streets. The Deep Dark Sleep is gritty, fast-paced, and totally absorbing.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Noir at its best. 22 Sep 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Having followed Lennox in his previous tales, I have to say that I love Craig's dark gritty Glasgow of the fifties that creeps into your mind in much the same way that the Clyde creeps its way through the city itself. It's well written, it has some cracking twists and when you add a darker look at the cities underworld to the mix, it's one that is rich with images as well as characters for the tales antihero to pit himself against.

As usual the prose is top notch, the pace bracing and when added to a unique author writing voice, it's one that will thrill and entertain from the first page to the last. Just remember that Glasgow gives up its secrets in much the same way as the Clyde and that sometimes pushing through the murk to find them will lead to inevitable consequences which leave you wondering how many more breaths Lennox has left in his body. Wonderful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have woken up 22 Jun 2012
By Michael Watson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I'm certainly very pleased to have re-found Lennox and his dark 50s Glasgow. I enjoyed the first book, forgot all about any follow-ons and now am beginning to play catch-up. Lennox, as a character, has matured in this third book. He's been likened to Philip Marlowe which no doubt pleases the author but, to my mind, he's a stand alone PI - or rather, enquiry agent. His Canadian heritage makes him somewhat laid back with a code of ethics (sometimes bent but never broken) and a dour wartime experience gives him something Marlowe never had, a viciousness and a temper.

Lennox gets the usual beatings, stitchable cuts to his person and a constant battle to outwit the heavies in the story - of which there are many. As before, it's good to have a hero who is not blasting his way through life with an ever increasing variety of weaponry, unless, of course, it's the size of the sap, no double entendre intended though his relationship with his landlady is giving him cause for concern in the love stakes.

As far as the thrust of the story goes, it's very complicated thanks to the sudden arrival of a body in the Clyde supposedly belonging to a master criminal who disappeared many years ago. So is it his body or not? Who put it there? Why? All the usual questions and to add to the intrigue, there's the small matter of a very large amount of missing money from earlier grand robberies. Now add into the equation the blackmailing of a very high profile American actor whose reputation as a ladies man has preceded him whereas the incriminating photographs suggest otherwise. All these threads mingle until, little by little the story is played out to the finale. Lennox does have a few surprising bursts of knowledge which allow him to unearth the answers but, no matter, it all adds to a very readable book and a need to find the fourth book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennox never fails to impress 3 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
This is the third Lennox book and Craig Russell has hit on a gem. Russell's writing and characters are carefully constructed and I look forward to all his offerings, whether Jan Fabel or the worldly wise Lennox. I heartily recommend anyone with a taste for good writing and a twisting plot to discover all of Craig Russell's characters, especially the simmering Lennox.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennox Thriller 3 29 July 2012
By bella65
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the first Lennox book for my husband then read it myself and was hooked. Grew up in Glasgow in the forties and fifties and can assure readers that he has the atmosphere of the place and time just right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wee bit darker... 19 July 2012
By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The third in Craig Russell's excellent `Lennox' series and I would say one of the darkest so far. Our silver-tongued, justice seeking private eye encounters more than one or two physical scrapes through business and pleasure when he takes on two cases that will test him to the hilt. Is it really criminal mastermind Gentleman Joe Strachan that languishes below the grey choppy waters of the Clyde who appears to be sending messages and issuing death warrants from beyond the grave, or are there other forces at work? And what links an American movie star with an aristocrat's son in a positively salacious incident of blackmail? And how the jiggins is Lennox going to sort it all out whilst still in pursuit of his delectable landlady Fiona, fighting off commando window cleaners and juggling the demands of the Three Kings who rule Glasgow with their iron fists? It's no walk in the park as our battered and bruised hero grapples with his toughest cases yet with a wonderfully violent denouement that sees Lennox dispensing justice in his own inimitable style but with what consequence? This series just gets better and better in my eyes- accomplished plotting, great characterisation melded with a perfect balance of grim violence and wise-cracking dialogue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 23 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
I've read the previous Lennox titles and they really do get better each time. Great humour and observation, you certainly don't have to be Scottish to appreciate this. I'm a great crime reader and I would give this book a very solid 9 out of 10. The only downside is the rather formulaic stitching together of several stories at the outset and then they amazingly come together at the end. No need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best so far 4 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
All three of Mr Russell's 'Lennox' mysteries are great fun, but the third surpasses the other by far. This is one series that just keeps getting better and better. The atmosphere of post-war Scotland mixes with the great characters to make for a terrific book.
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Published 1 month ago by m gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars The deep dark sleep
I really enjoyed this book. The action was fast and kept me hooked from page one. Great twist at the end too. Well done. Bring on the next one.
Published 1 month ago by Kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars another great story
Up to his usual standard. Cannot put down!
Published 1 month ago by Annie choo choo
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another scintillating Lennox thriller- true to the period tale of...
This whole series is a master class of style and the reader feels the truth of the period, with no jarring anachronisms. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pete the Pixie
5.0 out of 5 stars The third and the finest so far
A great book, it keeps you hooked until the end. You know a twist is coming but you don't know where from. Would highly recommend
Published 4 months ago by WoolyBully
5.0 out of 5 stars very adictive
I've read all available Lennox Thriller on my Kindle and can't wait to read another one. Please Craig, make it happen!
Published 4 months ago by W. Flack
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
I loved this book from beginning to end. If you know the areas around Crete where the story is set it makes it even better. A great book to read if you have read Victorias Island. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Queenrocks
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best One So Far.
After reading The Long Glasgow Kiss and Dead Men And Broken Hearts I thought that it could not be any better. Read more
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