One of Boston Globe‘s Best Books of 2015 and nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original!
A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind it is a job offer. The clues are there if you know to look for them.
He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organization wants more?
A meeting at a club. An offer. A target: Lewis Winter, a necessary sacrifice that will be the first step in an all-out war between crime syndicates the likes of which hasn’t been seen for decades.
It’s easy to kill a man. It’s hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. The hard way has consequences.
Malcolm Mackay‘s acclaimed debut series, the Glasgow Trilogy, has been nominated for countless international prizes. The first of the series, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, and longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year Award. Mackay was born in Stornoway on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis, where he still lives.
“Very authentic, very gritty, you can really feel the streets. They call this genre Tartan Noir and absolutely The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter is a first class member of that.” —Lee Child
“Brutal but elegantly constructed” —New York Times Book Review
“A thriller trilogy that thrills . . . It’s been a long time since so many pages went by so fast.” —Washington Post
“Splendid . . . Exhilarating, canny, and strikingly original . . . Mackay has already caused a sensation in the U.K. crime-fiction world, and it’s easy to see why.” —Seattle Times
“A welcome, hard-hitting addition to the tartan noir genre . . . It’s easy to write a crime novel; it’s hard to write a crime novel well. And this unrelenting look at the grimy underbelly of Glasgow’s criminal underworld does it very well.” —Library Journal (starred)