Lennox Paperback – 2 Jul 2009
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One hit series takes exceptional talent. With his latest creation, Russell proves that the bolt of thriller brilliance can definitely strike twice.' The Daily Record. (Daily Record)
Lennox is a private eye for the ages - tough, uncomprising and insightful, with concrete fists and a heart of gold. Russell has brilliantly captured post-war Glasgow and the vulnerability of those left to pick up the pieces - Michael Robotham. (Michael Robotham)
Atmospheric, deftly plotted and especially good on Glaswegian insularity, Lennox is a gripping start to what promises to be a great series.' Guardian. (Guardian)
A crime story that transcends the genre. Craig Russell brilliantly uses the character of his tough, funny and hopeful man Lennox to give us the eyes and ears on a time and place. This is storytelling at its very best! - Michael Connelly. (Michael Connelly)
Begging for a film adaptation... the voice is hard, the gaze cinematic, and the result is a nod to film noir. An extremely polished debut for the new series...' The Scotsman. (Scotsman)
'Atmospheric, deftly plotted and especially good on Glaswegian insularity, Lennox is a gripping start to what promises to be a great series.'See all Product description
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Will definitely be reading the whole series, and would recommend to anyone who likes a good moving read.
OH-MY-FRIGGIN-GOD #bookjunkies! Where the hell have I been!? This book was published in 2010 and I have only read it now!? I have to give a MAHOOSIVE thanks to Mr Smith for pointing me in Craig Russell’s direction as this book rocked!
As the synopsis states, this book is set in 1950’s Glasgow and has a very hard-boiled / noir-ish feel to it, if that makes sense! It reminded me of a Philip Marlow-type story and I was immediately drawn in. A twisted sense of justice, retribution, truth-seeking, betrayal, gang-land violence, power and loss were just some of the themes I came across.
Now can we talk Lennox!? OMFG!!!! I am not going to lie…I was Eeeeek-ing…A LOT!! This character is just awesome! Whether we gals admit it or not, we do like a bad boy…and Lennox…he is baaaaad…but oh so gooood!!! I may have a wee #FictionalCrush..Born in Glasgow, but raised in Canada – he returns to Glasgow after his time in the war and works as a somewhat unorthodox private investigator. Lennox has a darkness about him. His dry wit and ability to uncover the truth, while finding himself in pretty scary situations, just had me reeling with excitement and fear at the same time. It was exhilarating following this characters journey…and what a bloody (literally) thrilling journey it was!
We also come across a slew of other intriguing characters which make your skin crawl but keeps the reader turning the page at a fiery pace! The Three Kings, Helena (loved her!) Mr Andrews and his wife Lillian – superb characterisation. There is also McNab – a copper…but I do not like this guy! There is no love lost between him and Lennox yet I am desperate to know more! Jack Ferguson, another copper – is someone Lennox has a bit of trust in and they serve/complement each other well. But I must admit, I loved the complete irony of the brutes named Tiny (who was not-so-tiny at all) and Twinkletoes….do NOT be fooled by their names…this pair could break you like a twig! I could go on and on…oh, and De Jong! Laughing my ass off just thinking about this guy…you will have to read the book though, to find out why!
I devoured this book. It was raw, gritty, dark, violent and intoxicating – just my cup of tea! Will I be reading any more in this series? Hmmmmmm….HELL YEAH I will! I have a lot of catching up to do and cannot wait to see what Lennox is up to next!
So thanks Graham Smith! You were RIGHT! I adore Lennox and would recommend it to anyone who likes a crime thriller with a twist!
Ultimately Russell's strict adherence to the genre's tropes is also the book's only flaw. "Lennox" lacks that special touch, something unique, its own identity one might say. This is a fantastic example of the genre in every way but lacking a bit of individuality.
Lennox itself, the anti-hero, is too Marlowe-like only not as likable. The plot is every bit as confusing and complex as Chandler's plots usually were and the genre somewhat requires but ultimately forgettable. The women are either "fatale" or characterization tools to demonstrate the hero's charms but Lennox is far too cold and sexist even for me and trust me, that's saying a lot. The book takes place in Glasgow but I never felt the city as a character. Sure, there's a lot about the Scottish people and the look of the city but you get the feeling the story could have taken place anywhere. Finally, the ending is satisfying but a bit too brief and not as climatic as it could have been. For me all these flaws were minor and boil down to a lack of originality that can easily be fixed in the next books. Russell needs to find his own voice and apply it to the tropes. That's his only flaw. Other than that, "Lennox" is incredibly entertaining, well written and unmissable for fans of the genre. Its a love letter to hard-boiled fiction. A superior read!
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