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The Night the Rich Men Burned
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on 29 December 2014
Set before, during and after the events of the Glasgow Trilogy, this is a harder than nails tale of money lending and debt collecting revolving around Oliver Peterkinney and Alex Glass, two friends with big ambitions. The plot evolves like a Greek Tragedy, inexorably leading to revenge and retribution but good does not win as there are no good people involved. The style of writing is different and may not be to everyone's liking but this is a must read, something of a first for me to say!
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on 21 June 2016
I enjoyed the story, the characters, the setting and it all moved along at a good pace. I really have no complaints and it is probably about 4.4 starts, not quite gripping enough to make 5 stars, but certainly highly recommended. The main characters follow different routes into the murky underworld, with differing levels of success and it all builds nicely to a conclusion as their "careers" flourish and spiral downwards respectively. It didn't soften the violent underbelly of the criminal world, or overly romanticise the journey they took (i.e. you don't particularly like the characters and the things they do, and the author doesn't feel the need to make them likeable, albeit their actions are understandable).

Well worth a read, enjoy.
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on 15 October 2015
The Night the Rich Men Burned runs parallel to the Glasgow Trilogy. It' contains many of the familiar characters and records the infighting between the loan collection organisations and the progress or otherwise of two young men as they make their introduction into gangland. I found the pace of this book to be faster than the slower and more brooding Trilogy. The characters, the good, the bad, the despicable were all wonderfully portrayed, the story gripping. A really enjoyable book. I appreciated the list of characters, handy to refer back to. More please as soon as you can Mr Mackay.
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on 22 April 2016
This novel is in exactly the same setting as the Glasgow trilogy - if you like them, then this is more of the same but focusing on other characters.
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on 7 August 2015
Great atmospheric book with the same 'page turning' power as his other Glasgow gangster trilogy
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on 4 April 2016
Mackay's style is distinctive. The plots are tense. The action authentic.
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on 7 May 2015
Enjoyed this book as much as the Glasgow trilogy. Roll on the next one!!!
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on 20 January 2015
Another brilliant story by Malcolm Mackay about Glasgow gang lands. Mackay is undoubtedly the best Scottish crime writer (in my opinion)!
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on 6 February 2016
Enjoyed this book
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on 24 August 2014
Anybody who has read "The Glasgow Trilogy" will know how good this guy is at creating excellent plots and intriguing characters in the shady world of exploiters and exploited players in the world of crime. This stand alone book maintains the standard. Another excellent read.
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