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Fitting and satisfying conclusion to a crime thriller trilogy
on 10 November 2014
It’s several months after HOW A GUNMAN SAYS GOODBYE. The war between Peter Jamieson and Shug Francis has intensified and Callum MacLean has seen a huge rise in his workload. But Callum’s had enough of killing. He wants out. Jamieson wants him to kill Shug’s accountant and a grass. After that, he won’t expect to hear from Callum for a week. That’s more than enough time for him to get away and make a new life for himself.
But nothing in crime is simple and it isn’t long before events spiral out of Callum’s control and all the time, DI Michael Fisher is circling closer and closer, just waiting for the chance to take them all down …
The conclusion to Malcolm Mackay’s GLASGOW TRILOGY is another tautly written, hard-boiled tale that ties up the loose ends and provides a satisfying conclusion to this strong crime trilogy. Callum’s really developed as a character over the books and the end game between Shug and Jamieson really comes good with Fisher lurking in the background, trying to put all the pieces together from the first book. There are some neat twists, the pacing works well and although the plot line is stripped down and simple, Mackay injects plenty of suspense and I enjoyed the parallels between Jamieson and Young and Shug and Fizzy. I really like the way Mackay shows the relationships and the distrust between the men in this story and how there can never really be friendships when you enter a life of crime. That said, the introduction of Alex MacArthur came a little too late in the trilogy for me and I wished that there had been some earlier interaction between him, Shug and Jamieson to provide a context to some of the events in this book and at times contrivance is relied on to keep events moving forward. I also wished that there had been some more female characters in the book – I understand that this is in keeping with the male world of crime in Glasgow – but it would have been interesting to have some more female perspectives on living with it and while Deana goes some way to do that it wasn’t enough for me. These quibbles aside, I’ve really enjoyed this trilogy and I’m looking forward to seeing what Mackay writes next.