The Deep Dark Sleep: A Lennox Thriller (Lennox 3) Hardcover – 7 Jul 2011
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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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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.
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.
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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Another great chapter in the Lennox series. Well worth a read, the Lennox stories get better & better as this complex, troubled soul navigates his battered conscience through the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Hicks
Arrived on time and seem complete enough. Bought for holiday reads.Published 1 month ago by MR ALAN M WEIR
This is the third Lennox book and yet another excellent contribution in this Lennox series. On a par with Michael Connelly's writing in the Bosch series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The third in this series I have enjoyed. The 'chandleresque' commentary from Lennox borders on the comic, and is almost overdone, but it just manages to be carried off. Read morePublished 13 months ago by catholic reader