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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847249701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847249708
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,936 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.

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'Another brilliantly sharp, witty and tough take on a hard city at a hard time ... a former cop, Russell is Britain's rising crime-writing star' Daily Mirror.

'Through his humorous lens, time and place become razor-sharp ... The lightness of touch is a breath of fresh air in this most crowded of genres ... This is tartan neo-noir at its most entertaining' Sunday Herald.

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Glasgow in the 1950s - not somewhere you'd choose to be unless you were born to it. Yet our man Lennox, a private investigator, finds it oddly congenial. The war has been over for nearly a decade though sometimes you might wonder, so fierce is the battle for power and control of the city's streets. Lennox is a man precariously balanced between the law and those who break it. It is a dangerous place where only the toughest and most ruthless survive. Glasgow bookie and greyhound breeder, Jimmy 'Small Change' MacFarlane, runs one of the biggest operations at Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow's dog track. When MacFarlane is found bludgeoned to death with a bronze statue of Danny Boy, his best racer, Lennox has a solid gold alibi - he had spent the night with MacFarlane's daughter. Lennox is quickly drawn into hunting MacFarlane's killer, and discovers that the dirty business of dog racing was not the half of it. 'Small Change' was into some seriously dodgy stuff. What's more, crime boss Willie Sneddon, one of Glasgow's notorious Three Kings, is clearly involved and he's not a man Lennox wants to cross. But somewhere out there in the shadows lurks a really big player, an elusive villain who makes the Three Kings look like minnows. And Lennox is the only man who can track him down...

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Norrie007 on 19 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
This book follows on from "Lennox".
A Canadian, former soldier with a shady past, now a private eye in Glasgow, Lennox mixes with the top gangland bosses and no-gooders in Glasgow in the post war years. He's torn between doing good, getting results for the 'bad guys', and the practical situation of actually making money for himself.
If you're Scottish, and old enough to remember the settings, the atmosphere and the humour of the native people, this book is for you.
It's kind of like 'Taggart'. You watch it on TV, and say, 'I've been there!', but Russell describes it as it was in the days when Glasgow was still at the height of industry, with the industrial smog and atmosphere that would have existed back then, only in simple detail. If you remember the old car types/models, the ships berthed on the Clyde, the weather, the Glasgow humour/oneliners, you won't be able to put this down.
The plots in Russell's books have, like many authors' before them, several elements intertwined with a climax in the final chapter, and they make you want to read on to find out how it will all draw to a conclusion.
This book doesn't disappoint, and I for one can't wait for the next in the series
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Valerie MacLeod on 16 Sep 2011
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If you've read Lennox 1 this book is a must have. I couldn't put it down and it really was excitement with every turn of the page. I loved the place references as I'm a Glaswegian, but would really really recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jun 2012
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Book 2 in the Lennox series and it doesn't disappoint. I'm busy catching up after reading 'Lennox' quite some time ago. Fortunately, since the period setting doesn't date, post war Glasgow will always be the dour, aggressive yet sometimes uplifting place so well described by the author. Lennox misfits in nicely, his Canadian background giving him a slight edge in the 'man of the world' stakes, though with only a passing visit from an FBI agent to compare, there's little chance of Lennox being bested by the locals.

Russell manages to weave several storylines together without causing the reader much confusion. In the end, as is the way of such books, we know that everything is connected, even though it's not always easy to work out why. Thankfully, Lennox is ahead of the game. He receives the necessary token bang on the head, a perfunctory fling with the daughter of a murder victim and an education in the white powder, a new drug hardly raising an eyebrow in Glasgow but causing the aforesaid FBI agent rather more concern.

There are several authors now who have a city in Scotland as their home territory and Craig Russell's foray into an earlier Glasgow slots into this space very well. I have book 3 to hand and I look forward to reading it in due course.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 May 2011
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The author continues to paint post war Glasgow as a bleak, dark and violent place in his second Lennox thriller. Here we have Enquiry Agent (Private Eye) Lennox doing as much legitimate work as possible with the occasional job for the "three kings" - the crime lords of Glasgow. Investigating a missing person and doing a job for one of the three kings, Lennox starts to realise there may be a connection and when an FBI agent turns up things could get very messy indeed.

The author pulls a number of strings together with sufficient twists and turns to carry the reader through to the end. Though a dark book with not many redeeming characters, it also has a dark humour, especially in the descriptive narrative. I also like how it captures a time period so well, people wearing hats, smoking and a sense of post war austerity.

I enjoyed it and am delighted that the third book is due out soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2012
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The bleak dark violent atmosphere of the eponymous first book,'Lennox',seeps it's way into this follow-up- and it's great! Grubby, earthy and once again peopled with a shady bunch of characters, Russell perfectly evokes the look and feel of Glasgow among it's seedier elements. The dry wit that ran through the first continues with perfectly placed examples of the Glasgow vernacular pitched against Lennox, our laconic wise-cracking Canadian hero- a series that will run and run and with an ending that will ensure that you will be swiftly seeking out the next in the series `The Deep Dark Sleep'...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nettie Thomson on 16 May 2011
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I don't know about you, but when I'm browsing for a new book, the opening paragraph is of vital importance. If the first paragraph grabs me, I'll buy the book. And when the first line is as good as that in Craig Russell's The Long Glasgow Kiss, I want to take it home and feed it strawberries and chocolate.
"Some concepts are alien to the Glaswegian mind. Salad. Dentistry. Forgiveness."
Come on, you know it doesn't get much better than that.
Our narrator in this tale of missing persons and boxing is Lennox, a Canadian who has settled into the life of a private investigator in post-war Glasgow. And if you think the `violent Glasgow' tag so often used by the media is a modern invention, you'd be wrong. Oh, so very wrong. Russell's Glasgow is one of petty thugs, gangs based on religious affiliation, crime lords and...more thugs. Never has the label `tartan noir' been so accurate.
In making Lennox Canadian, Russell has loaned his character just enough exoticness to make his smart-mouthed narration believable. This is a man who cares about whether he dons a fedora or a borselino and whether his sap ruins the line of his fine wool summer suit. I think I might love him...
It is also a very, very funny book. I found myself sniggering frequently at such bon mots as,
"They say Eskimos have a hundred words for snow. Glaswegians must have twice that many for the different kind of rain that batters down on the city..."
or
"A Scottish acquaintance had once tried to reassure me that tweed from the Isle of Harris was less scratchy, explaining that this was because it was traditionally soaked in human urine. I could have been accused of being picky, but I preferred couture that hadn't been pissed on by an inbred crofter.
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