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The Sudden Arrival of Violence (The Glasgow Trilogy #3)

Trade Paperback, 4/21/15

ISBN 9780316337328

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One of Boston Globe‘s Best Books of 2015!

It begins with two deaths: a money-man and an informant. These deaths offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A hit man who has finally had enough of killing.

It’s never easy to walk away from a job. It’s near impossible when that job is murder. Nobody’s gotten away with it before. But nobody who’s tried is as good as Calum MacLean at leaving no trace.

Calum plans an unprecedented escape just as his employers need him the most. Glasgow’s biggest criminal organizations are gearing up for a final, fatal confrontation.

The panic over Calum’s abrupt disappearance may finally give Detective Michael Fisher the chance he needs to close the case of a lifetime. But first, he must track down a man who has become a master at staying in the shadows.

Malcolm Mackay’s Glasgow Trilogy has been nominated for several international prizes. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter was short-listed for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and long-listed for the CWA Steel Dagger Book of the Year Award. How a Gunman Says Goodbye won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award. Mackay was born in Stornoway on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis, where he still lives.

“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

“Mackay gathers all the pieces of his massively inventive puzzle together. . . . [A] bloody operatic finale” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Mackay has delivered a conclusion to his trilogy that is just as cohesive and forceful as his previous two books.” —Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

“It’s very difficult to keep this up, let alone do it well. . . . Mackay succeeds magnificently.” —Laura Wilson, The Guardian (UK)