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And When I Die by [McLean, Russel D]
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"Chillingly plausible... a wonderfully dark and disturbing tale of misplaced loyalty and betrayal; a beautifully paced, action-packed thriller of a book." - --James Oswald.

"An uncompromising work of Glasgow noir, brutal and driven ... at its heart is a woman torn between loyalty to her criminal family and a desire for a better life. Complicated and conflicted but achingly real, you'll be rooting for her all the way. --Eva Dolan

Dark and bloody excursion into Glasgow gangland ... Edgy from page one. Sunday Times Crime Club "This tense, violent thriller heads towards its climactic confrontation at a relentless pace, while posing tough questions about undercover work and family loyalty. Alastair Mabbott, Sunday Herald "A palpable air of menace...a highly accomplished [thriller] that mesmerizes from an author well worth watching - Robert Morace --Various

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1971 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Contraband (10 Jun. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GJVBD2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having reached the handbrake moment in two books in succession - that moment when you say, that's it, this far and no further - I reached for this Glasgow-based thriller with some trepidation. I needn't have worried. McLean has delivered a lean and pacy read which both delivers a satisfyingly real city backdrop and a page-turning plot. There is absolutely no fat here at all, which is refreshing these days. It's like picking up a novel by my favourite - Ed McBain in his heyday, say - and finding they have discovered a whole new world.
I received a copy from the publisher in return for an honest review. And I mean what I say here. This is a superb addition to the growing canon of Glasgow crime novels.
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Gangland violence is not normally my bag, but Russel McLean's latest, And When I Die, is a departure.
Set in Glasgow, the chequered progress of his protagonist, an undercover detective, moves at a cracking pace and the author delivers a knockout punch at the end.
The Kindle preview kept me awake. For anyone who enjoys crime, appreciates Glasgow humour, or follows Russel, And When I Die is a bargain read.
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And when I Die is the latest novel from Russel D. Mclean and tells a standalone story of merciless revenge that plays out over the space of a fateful day as a result of events set in motion in dramatic style.

This novel marks a departure for McLean. And When I Die is still very much based in the familiar world of the gritty crime thriller just like his five previous novels. It does however replace the east coast of Scotland with the west, the setting now being McLean’s new hometown of Glasgow in lieu of Dundee. Aside from the change in geography the novel takes a different approach to his previous work with the narrative being split between two different point of view characters as opposed to the singular perspective of the lone gumshoe previously used. Also, instead of being detached as an onlooker piecing together the clues, we are thrust into the heart of a very dysfunctional crime family that is in the process of tearing itself apart.

The story is divided between the perspectives of the jilted and reluctant Kat who is pulled back into the seedy world of her notorious family, the Scobies, and the confused and dangerously muddled, and as it turns out equally jilted, John. This represents a further foray into new territory for McLean with the use of a female character as one of the lead points of view which he achieves sympathetically and convincingly throughout. Her initial reluctance to be there, far less involved, is conveyed effectively and is then gradually eroded through events and the revelation that her ex partner John is not who he seems.
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A perfectly paced chiller of a book, in which the action never lets up. It's topical, too, featuring an undercover cop gone rogue and dealing with the consequences of an illicit relationship. We see his ex's point of view and his, still intertwined, but each focused on the immediate danger: one furious, vengeful and deadly man. Fast and full of action.
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