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Malcolm Mackay
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16 Jan 2014 The Glasgow Trilogy (Book 3)

It begins with two deaths: a money-man and a grass. Deaths that offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A man who has finally had enough of killing.

Meanwhile two of Glasgow's biggest criminal organisations are at quiet, deadly war with one another. And as Detective Michael Fisher knows, the biggest - and bloodiest - manoeuvres are yet to come . . .

The stunning conclusion to Malcolm Mackay's lauded Glasgow Trilogy, The Sudden Arrival of Violence will return readers to the city's underworld: a place of dark motives, dangerous allegiances and inescapable violence . . .


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mantle (16 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023076973X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230769731
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Superb . . . Mackay is a true original, managing to conjure up a gripping new way of portraying city-noir. This, from a writer who has lived his whole life in far-off Stornoway, with only few short visits to the Glasgow he has so vividly created. He's no longer a rising star. He's risen (Marcel Berlins The Times)

Reviewers often groan at the hyperbole with which publishers adorn new novels, but with Malcolm Mackay it is justified. His poetic titles (The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter and How a Gunman Says Goodbye) are infused with the sense of menace that is the sine qua non of the genre while tipping the wink that this is crime writing with ambition. The Sudden Arrival of Violence is the conclusion to Mackay's acclaimed Glasgow trilogy . . . The youthful Mackay has the command of a writer twice his age, and he has delivered a conclusion to his trilogy that is just as cohesive and forceful as his previous two books. (Financial Times)

The final novel in Malcolm MacKay's wonderful Glasgow trilogy . . . Gripping and vivid, with a labyrinthine plot involving double - and triple-crossing, The Sudden Arrival of Violence is told in a staccato, abbreviated style throughout. It's very difficult to keep this up, let alone do it well, but MacKay succeeds magnificently, and his third novel is well up to the high standard of its predecessors (Guardian)

This is a story to take in one gulp . . . Malcolm Mackay's lauded Glasgow Trilogy pounds a familiar beat - fans of Taggart and William McIlvanney's Laidlaw will know it well - the Glasgow backbeat of chisel-faced hard men, organised crime, vengeance, punishment beatings, vicious killing . . . As you'd expect from a writer whose previous books have been listed for - and won - major crime fiction prizes, the prose is as terse as the tale is tense . . . Mackay grabs the action from the start . . . He completely commands his material as he steers it towards a dramatic culmination. (Scotsman)

It's a virtually unanimous verdict. Few new novelists have enjoyed such comprehensive acclaim in the critical fraternity as the young Scottish crime writer Malcolm Mackay. His books, the first of which was 2013's The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, suggest a Scottish equivalent of the hardboiled James M Cain; a writer who doesn't waste a word and who nourishes a certain poetic sensibility - as evinced by the titles of the other two books in his trilogy, How a Gunman Says Goodbye and now this acerbic final volume, The Sudden Arrival of Violence. Every debut in the crime fiction field is inevitably (and wearingly) trumpeted by its publisher, though many such books fall by the wayside. But this is a writer who justified the publisher's hyperbole and has had critics attempting to come up with new adjectives to praise him. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter places the reader uneasily in the mind of a hitman. Using the familiar trappings of the crime novel, the book was still utterly original. What makes all three novels in the now-completed trilogy particularly impressive is the terrifyingly laidback, authentic toughness - surprising, coming from an unassuming 30-year-old author from Stornoway (where he still lives) in the Outer Hebrides. Mackay has conjured and brilliantly sustained throughout his three novels an astringent vision of the Scottish underworld. Crucially, he has not forgotten the importance of pithy characterisation. In The Sudden Arrival of Violence, the author draws a variety of strands together, but not in a too schematic fashion. Calum MacLean is a hitman working for two criminal bosses. He is always watching, alert for the weaknesses that will give him an advantage. But as Calum begins to arrange his retirement, a gang war breaks out between one of his bosses and a bitter rival, and inevitably the gunman is drawn into the bloodiest of showdowns. I hadn't the slightest doubt that Mackay - whose youth belies a crime novelist of worldly authority - would pull off this concluding volume with the kind of understated panache that distinguished its predecessors ... and so it has proved. (Independent on Sunday)

Dangerously original. (Saga Magazine)

Mackay's clipped, spare, present tense narrative is urgent, clever and ominous. In a field so crowded as crime writing it is not easy to present an original voice. Malcolm Mackay's laconic tone is his alone . . . the Herbrides have produced an author of their own who strides easily into the top division. (West Highland Free Press)

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This is how it's going to be from now on. When you're the lead gunman for a major organization, there's a lot of cleaning up . . .

It begins with two deaths: a money-man and a grass. Deaths that offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A man who has finally had enough of killing.

Meanwhile two of Glasgow's biggest criminal organizations are at quiet, deadly war with one another. And as Detective Michael Fisher knows, the biggest - and bloodiest - manoeuvres are yet to come . . .

The stunning conclusion to Malcolm Mackay's lauded Glasgow Trilogy, The Sudden Arrival of Violence will return readers to the city's underworld: a place of dark motives, dangerous allegiances and inescapable violence . . .

Praise for Malcolm Mackay's Glasgow Trilogy

'The youthful Mackay has the command of a writer twice his age, and he has delivered a conclusion to his trilogy that is just as cohesive and forceful as his previous two books' Financial Times

'There aren't too many crime novels that take the reader into the mind of a hit man . . . truly exceptional' Independent

'Mackay ratchets up the tension like a master' Daily Telegraph

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The sudden arrival of Violence 1 Jun 2014
By R. Gardner VINE VOICE
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I have to start out with this review by saying that I haven't read the other 2 books of the Trilogy, so it was in at the deep end. I must admit that I found it hard work on several different levels, Firstly it is supposed to be a Glasgow Trilogy, I stay and have done all my life, near to Glasgow and frankly this story could have been anywhere, Why say Glasgow? there are no obvious references or clues. But the main problem I had with the book is that there was no one to care or connect with, They were all Hoodlums in various degrees, I frankly got to the stage that I didn't care how the story ended or who ended up where? Which is all a shame as it's well written and paced, you do have to keep your wits about you as there are characters introduced especially at the beginning and keeping track can be a problem if you are not reading it in long sessions. That apart the story is based around a Killer working for one of the gangs, he is the main character and he attempts to retire from his profession, which needless to say gets more and more complicated as the story progresses. If you have read the previous ones, I'm sure you will probably enjoy it as I presume it completes the story. But for me as a one off, I'm afraid not..........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read the book;read the books 13 Feb 2014
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I got the first book for Christmas from a neighbour, I started reading it mid-sized , it's the twelfth February and that's the trilogy complete. 2 paperback + a kindle. if you enjoy Rankin this is for you. if you know Glasgow or its underbelly it's a must read. Right down to identifying Stuart st. police station
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent conclusion to the Glasgow trilogy 17 July 2014
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I've read all three of Malcolm mackay's Glasgow trilogy books about the underworld and in particular the professional assassins. I'd recommend these to anyone looking for something a bit different to the usual cop thriller. These characters are on the other side and in particular, the reader gets the chance to get inside the head of the killers. You need to read all 3 books to make sense of it all but if you know Glasgow and like thrillers, give them a go!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glasgow Trilogy 15 July 2014
By rennej
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Loved the entire trilogy. Hope there's more on the way....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to a fantastic trilogy 11 July 2014
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Great ending to a fantastic trilogy. Once again following the events to hitman Calum McLean and the rest if the Glasgow underworld. We learn of the fates of all the main characters and more great character development along the way. Who knew that by reading this trilogy we would emphasise for a gunman? Readers who have read the first two books and have followed Calum's story shall not be disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Story OK. Writing needs a lot of work... 26 Jan 2014
By Glasgow Dreamer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is the third part of a trilogy. I read the first part, and enjoyed it, despite a number of obvious flaws. I missed the second book, but decided to have a go at this one the see how the story had developed, and if the author had "upped his game" at all with regard to the aforementioned flaws.

I did read the book, but found it difficult to engage with for the same reasons I couldn't fully enjoy the first book. The story is again purportedly set in Glasgow, but you wouldn't know it. It is almost as if Mackay is deliberately trying to disguise the setting. Street names, districts, landmarks; all things you would expect to crop up repeatedly in a novel set in a "real" city, but none of that is here. It may as well have been set in Brighton, or Budapest, or Bologna.

Mackay is also still a little out-dated when it comes to naming his characters. The Glasgow "underworld" is heavily populated by individuals of Asian and Eastern European origin, yet Mackay's Glasgow is almost exclusively peopled by Scots. At least this time there is one Asian-sounding name, but it is still most un-representative.

These two huge drawbacks really stopped me fully enjoying the book. The story is a pretty standard, fast moving tale of gangsters and cops, obviously hugely exaggerated for dramatic effect. It'll fill in a quiet Sunday afternoon, but it's no masterpiece.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best in the trilogy 5 May 2014
Format:Hardcover
The final part of The Glasgow Trilogy. Former freelance hitman Calum MacLean is now forced to leave his independence. He becomes the main gunman for the criminal organization headed by Peter Jamieson. Calum is not satisfied with the situation, but he can not just stand and get away from his employer. In the criminal business there are special rules and fot hitmen it sounds something like this - death in, death out. Calum can leave the organization only in the casket, though it will not exactly be true: the body of former hitman likely will never be found.

However, MacLean invents his plan of runaway from the organization. After the final hit and killing two persons, the driver for the organization boss and a crooked accountant for a rival gang boss, Calum lays low, knowing that within a week after the job he will not be looked. Calum in minimum time must collect his things, sell his car, and most importantly, buy a fake passport to flee abroad. But Calum’s plan fails.

The Sudden Arrival of Violence’s story has parallels with other hitman novel, The Butcher's Boy. Only Mackay’s gunman is trying to get away from the organization by his own will, Thomas Perry’s unnamed hitman is forced into hiding after the attacks on him by the mafia bosses. Mackay does not stands with one character for long, alternating points of view. Here the widow of the killed driver tries to solve her husband 's disappearance, and persistent detective is entangled in suspects and motives, and Calum’s brother worries for the successful realization of a plan of escape. The novel offers a considerable amount of twists, not letting you feel bored in nearly 400 pages.

This novel closes the trilogy, it is the longest of the three, here the storylines weave most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Top class gangland thriller, we want more. . .
Published 20 days ago by Mr. D. Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard men for hard times...
I came to this one without reading the two before it and well outside my comfort zone of quirky detectives. Read more
Published 25 days ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars The final chapter
Crime writer, Malcolm Mackay's final chapter in his trilogy, The Sudden Arrival of Violence, is a fitting conclusion of a series set in the seedy underbelly of Glasgow. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Arthur Dooley
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read
Tautly written and as good as the newspaper reviews suggested. I had not read anything by Malcolm Mackay until I bought this trilogy. Recommened.
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sudden Arrival of Violence by Malcolm Mackay
What a fantastic end, to a nail biting trilogy. Enjoyed all three of the books immensely, looking forward to the next offering from Mr.Mackey.
Published 1 month ago by Alan Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy end
Finally, the third part of Calum's story. As usual told in a quiet, almost subdued way. A very good read with characters you care for even though they are the really bad guys. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christine Kuhn
5.0 out of 5 stars last part of excellent trilogy
This is the third in the gunman series and continues in the same vein. Grest story with excellen pace. Highly recommend
Published 3 months ago by Simon
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first one but thought I would give this a go. It mostly just seems to be a standard crime novel that could have been set anywhere. Read more
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