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The Deep Dark Sleep: A Lennox Thriller (Lennox 3) Hardcover – 7 Jul 2011

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857381814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857381811
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Russell manages a few ingenious twists and turns ... 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... He (Craig Russell) remains of the more intelligent and sophisticated proponents of the genre' Glasgow Herald. (Glasgow Herald)

'Russell's 1950s Glasgow is dank, murky and excellently realised. Slick, chilling and excellently written' The Scotsman. (Scotsman)

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

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

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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.

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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2011
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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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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2011
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"A great writer at the very top of his game" is a cover quote from Peter James. And it's hard to disagree. Craig Russell's third Lennow outing is as good as the previous two. Lennox, an enquiry agent, is based in 50's Glasgow and has tried to distance himself from the more unsavoury jobs of the past but is dragged back into Glasgow's dark underbelly when a corpse is found in the River Clyde.
Post war Glasgow is painted as a dark and gloomy place, but Russell also has a humerous side which he plays through Lennox and his observations and asides. The author captures the time period very well and his characterisation of the various individuals in the book is excellent as always.

So here we have Lennox searching to find who the river corpse is, and trying to recover some dodgy photographs being used to blackmail a visiting American movie start. Cue deadly killers and secrets from WW2 and you end up with a highly engaging thriller.

Excellent, if Russell's "Jan Fabel" series is as good as this, I may need to search them out while I wait for another Lennox book.
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By Raven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 July 2012
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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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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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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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