The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

Malcolm Mackay / Nov 22, 2019

The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter A twenty nine year old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat The telephone rings a casual conversation but behind this a job offer The clues are there if you know to look for them He is an expert A lon

  • Title: The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter
  • Author: Malcolm Mackay
  • ISBN: 9780316337304
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • A twenty nine year old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat The telephone rings a casual conversation, but behind this 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 A meeting at a club An offer A target Lewis Winter, a necessary sacrifice that willA twenty nine year old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat The telephone rings a casual conversation, but behind this 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 A meeting at a club An offer A target Lewis Winter, a necessary sacrifice that will be only 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.

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        Malcolm Mackay was born and grew up in Stornoway where he still lives The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, his debut, is the first of a trilogy set in the Glasgow underworld.


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    1. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter: Malcolm Mackay's First Volume of the Glasgow Trilogy"It's ieasy to kill a man. It's hard to kill a man well.Malcolm MackayMackay is an extraordinary new voice in crime fiction. It's dark. It's gritty. And Mackay takes the reader by the throat and immerses the hapless plonker who happens to pick up this ambitious trilogy into the underworld of organized crime without mercy. He is unblinking in a straightforward tale of a twenty-nine year old hitman, Colum MacL [...]


    2. Όταν μου το δάνεισαν αυτό το βιβλίο πίστευα ότι δεν θα ήταν ενδιαφέρον διότι την υπόθεση την μαρτυρούσε ο τίτλος Τελειώνοντας το ανακάλυψα ότι όντως δεν είναι τόσο ενδιαφέρων σαν πλοκή αλλά είναι ενδιαφέρων ο τρόπος γραφής του συγγραφέα Αν και άνετα κάποιος θα του έδινε 5 α [...]


    3. Description: A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this 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 organisation wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A brief. A target: Lewis Winter. 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 consequ [...]


    4. 3.5*Ο Κάλουμ ΜακΛιν είναι ένας περιζήτητος κ ακριβοθώρητος εκτελεστής της Γλασκώβης που προτιμά να δουλεύει με τους δικούς του ρυθμούς κ όρους. Δεν ανήκει σε καμία απ'τις συμμορίες της πόλης αν κ όλες θα ήθελαν να τον έχουν στις τάξεις τους. Δουλεύει με την ίδια ακρίβεια που ο [...]


    5. Calum Maclean is very good at his job. His job is killing people. He's free-lance now, but he has parties interested in hiring him on full-time, and he's considering it. They offer benefits that working solo simply doesn't. Currently, he has been hired to kill a small-time drug dealer named Lewis Winter. It's a ridiculously easy job, in and out. The hit goes swimmingly. It's what happens after the hit that creates problems.This is the set-up for Malcolm Mackay's superbly intense and un-put-downa [...]


    6. Μικρά κεφάλαια, κοφτές, στακάτες προτάσεις, λιτές περιγραφές. Σπουδαίο χτίσιμο των βασικών χαρακτήρων, ένας "αξιαγάπητος" πληρωμένος δολοφόνος. Μου άρεσε πολύ, θα διαβάσω και τα επόμενα.


    7. Enorm genoten van dit boek! Spannend terwijl je eigenlijk toch al weet wat er gaat gebeuren, snedige en snelle zinnen, actie maar ook reflectie, En alles verteld vanuit steeds wisselende standpunten van heel uiteenlopende personages! Was dan ook heel blij met de personagelijst.Minpunt: ik wil starten in deel 2, maar de bib blijkt enkel deel 1 aangekocht te hebben 😬


    8. Synopsis/blurbA twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this 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 organisation wants more?A meeting at a club. An offer. A brief. A target:Lewis Winter.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 consequenc [...]


    9. τόσο καλογραμμένο, τόσο ενδιαφέρον, τόσο ατμοσφαιρικό. Ανυπομονώ για τα επόμενα!


    10. You start reading the story of Calum McLean and you can't stop reading. The novel is written in a staccato style. Short sentences. Nothing unnecessary. Just the bare bones. No nice guys and no bad guys, except that everybody is a wee baddy. The novel depicts the gangland of Glasgow in a neutral and non-partisan way. Interesting plot. Interesting characters. A world of solitude and debts, moral and pecuniary. A world of changing alliances of trust and distrust.It is my third book about a hitman i [...]


    11. Wonderfully dark, nasty book. The book follows not only the person carrying out the titular death, but all of the people affected by the hit both directly and peripherally. The writing is spare and effective and does not draw attention to itself the way a lot of noir writing does. I enjoyed following the cops and the girlfriend, and my only complaint is that we didn't follow them any further. I was a surprised the book ended because, while Colum's arc is great, I was invested in those other char [...]


    12. This was a book I stumbled upon when I was in one of my strange reading moods. I was looking for a crime novel, any crime novel, set in Scotland (preferably Glasgow). I don’t even know why, but I was looking for something that had the same gritty feel about it as the newest series of Taggart. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter sounded interesting enough and it was available as an ebook download from my library. Sadly, this book and I weren’t really meant for each other.One of the biggest th [...]


    13. This book came to my attention when it was nominated for "The CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger (Best New Crime Writer)" in the 2014 Crime Thriller Awards.& I can certainly see why it was nominated. The story is told in short snappy sentences. There's no time wasted with unnecessary descriptive passages or long dialogues & yet this blunt, no-nonsense format creates a really believable picture of gangland life, while also doing a great job of making you feel you know what's going through [...]


    14. Εξαιρετικό.Δεν μοιάζει με τίποτα από οτι έχω διαβάσει τα τελευταία χρόνια.Καταπληκτική γραφή.Περιεργη και όμορφη.Ανυπομονώ για τη συνέχεια.


    15. From the publisher: “A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this 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 is this organization wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A brief. A target. Lewis Winter, a necessary sacrifice that will be only the first step in an all-out war between crime syndicates the likes of which hasn [...]


    16. Calum McLean is a freelance hit man for various crime organizations in Glasgow. He works sparingly and independently. When an up-and-coming crime boss needs a job done and his regular shooter is laid up with a bad hip (being older) Calum takes his offer, but fears getting absorbed by an organization. The man he hits, a longtime bottom feeder, seems to have the backing of a larger organization, but no one knows that for sure, including the police. One way to find out is to hit the bottom-feeder-t [...]


    17. I went into The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter with no expectations, having never heard of the book or the author but just finding it on the new releases shelf at the library. I was looking for an easy but good crime novel and was pleased with this one. I can't bring myself to rate it higher than a 3 compared to ALL books, but compared to other crime books it is definitely a 4+. I appreciate that there aren't any twists or silly red herrings etc. The story is straight forward about the life of [...]


    18. Really enjoyed this one and have book two in the trilogy ready to pick up from the library - book one tees that one up very nicely and I can't wait to get to it. Quite an unusual book in that it goes into quite some detail on the life of the gunman and the other characters in the book - found it useful to have the key of who everyone is at the start as that saved me having to go back and reread to check who everyone was as there are quite a few characters. My only complaint with it was that I'd [...]




    19. How come I'd never heard of this Malcolm McKay before? How come I've missed his books for so long?This was bloody great as in goddamn great! I've been reading crime novels for some 30 years now and at this point I don't get thrilled easily. Good stuff lots of times (3*), brilliant stuff sometimes (4*) and- rarely-this kind of stuff (5*). I really liked McKay's style. Kind of hacked, with (very) short sentences, detached, almost monotonous. Third person narration, addressing the reader a few time [...]


    20. If Dashiell Hammett and Ernest Hemingway had a baby, this book would be it. At first, I thought the short sentence structure would make all of the characters seem alike, but part of Mackay’s brilliance is how very different they are, despite the sparse prose, how well his characters emerge and how much he makes you care for them.


    21. The writing is punchy; sentences are short and uncomplicated. The pacing moves the story at a good clip. I enjoy that in addition to being a police procedural the book is also a criminal procedural. The ending is nice, albeit a mild surprise like a magician's reveal, and lifts the book from its crime genre into the literary form of the protagonist's initiation. Very entertaining!


    22. ‘Malcolm Mackay, the rising star of Tartan Noir’, aldus The Indepent. Mackay noemt zichzelf ‘Writer of crime novels with awkwardly long titles’. Malcolm Mackay is een vreemde eend in de bijt van thrillerauteurs. Hij is 31, single, en woont nog bij zijn moeder in Stornoway op het eiland Lewis, het grootste en noordelijkste eiland van de Buiten-Hebriden, Schotland. Mackay is van jongs af liefhebber van hard-boiled thrillers van onder meer Dashiell Hammett, Jim Thompson en Graham Green. Ver [...]


    23. The key to a good book is the voice This is what you identify with, this is what inveigles you into a world far far removed from yours.Here the voice was kind of staccato. Dumbed down to the point of flat harshness. I remember reading the Western Classic Shane. Not a single adjective in the book anywhere. The prose was tight as a silken sheath. But boy was there magic from the word go. He builds character, plot, a menacing sense of foreboding all without even trying. I guess he was trying to ap [...]


    24. Another date for next year’s diaries crime fans! Due to be published mid-January ‘The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter’ is the first of a Glasgow based trilogy by debut author Malcolm Mackay- a debut that I was mightily impressed by. With seamless plotting, plausible characters and a sparsity of prose in the vein of American writers such as Denis Johnson or Tom Franklin, this book had me absolutely hooked. Populated by a host of ne’er-do-wells against a backdrop of the Glasgow underworld, [...]


    25. I needed a quickie to get back into the swing of things after getting lost in the internet for a month so I did a smash & grab at Charlie Byrnes Bookshop in galway and picked up The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay.It's Mackay's first book and his first of the Glasgow Trilogy about a freelance hitman named Calum Maclean.We got off to a bad start, the teaser on the cover is a long badly constructed sentence in block capitals, I hate block capitals. Then the first page contain [...]


    26. Crime novels don’t usually carry a reference to Somerset Maugham on the first page. But crime novels aren’t usually constructed as well as this, the first of Malcolm Mackay’s Glasgow Underworld trilogy. It’s Maugham’s ‘The Painted Veil’ that’s referenced, a book title that in turn references Shelley’s poem of the same name. The man Mackay has reading the novel is Calum MacLean, a contract killer waiting for the telephone call that will start his latest assignment. Can a contrac [...]


    27. THE NECESSARY DEATH OF LEWIS WINTER. (2013). Malcolm Mackay. ****.I made sure that I would read this trilogy in order, in spite of my usual practice of diving in willy-nilly and playing catch-up all the time. This is the first novel by this author in what has become known as his Glasgow Trilogy. This was also his first novel, and garnered several awards on the way to greater recognition. It portrays an inside look at a criminal organization within a city in Scotland, and focuses on a professiona [...]


    28. I’ve read a number of positive reviews of The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter so I thought I’d give it a go. The story focuses on MacLean’s life as a hitman, setting out his observations as to what makes a successful career, his worries about being drawn into an organisation rather than operating as a freelance, and the lead up and aftermath of killing Lewis Winter. The tale has its moments and the almost documentary style narrative is an interesting approach. However, sometimes a book cli [...]


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