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This review is from: The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (The Glasgow Trilogy) (Hardcover)
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This is the start of a trilogy by a new author, Malcolm Mackay, set in the Glasgow gangland. The main character is Calum, a freelance gunman, who is asked to do a job, to get rid of Lewis Winter. The reason is only ever hinted at. This appears to be the style throughout, as the book makes it clear, a professional doesn't need the answers, a hint is enough. The style of writing is matched to the style of the protagonists. But I did find that Calum came across as a bit one dimensional, which made the first third of the book drag for me. There were some attempts to give him some shading. We are told he isn't good looking, he's quiet, and he is apparently heterosexual with only occasional girlfriends. It doesn't really add much colour to his character. Whether the later books reveal more about his character is yet to be seen.
The story really gets going once Lewis Winter has died, as we are taken through the cat and mouse investigation, following DI Fisher, investigating, and Zara Cope, the girlfriend of the deceased. The storytelling is good, and we are told just enough to spike interest. However, again, these leading characters come across as more stylised than well fleshed out.
But the book is a decent read, and is well paced. My 14 year old son really enjoyed it, and thought it was a brilliant book.