Human remains are recovered from the bottom of the River Clyde. Not an unusual occurrence, but these have been sleeping the deep, dark sleep for eighteen years. Suddenly Glasgow’s underworld is buzzing with the news that the dredged up bones belong to Gentleman Joe Strachan, Glasgow’s most successful and ruthless armed robber. When Isa and Violet, Strachan’s daughters, hire Lennox to find out who has been sending them large sums of cash each year, on the anniversary of Strachan’s most successful robbery, his instincts tell him that this job spells trouble and will take him back into the dark world of the Three Kings - the crime bosses who run the city. He takes the job nevertheless. And soon learns that ignoring his instincts might just cost him his life.
©2011 Craig Russell (P)2012 Quercus Publishing Plc
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Well if you've not discovered the Lennox series by Craig Lewis, and you like well written crime- drama with excellent humour you'll love this.
If you though the chances of bringing Philip Marlowe to Glasgow in the 1950's is a hopeless task, then you are wrong. This book simply has it all.
I am not listened to a new audiobook with such a sense fo pleasure for a long time. OK there are some anachronisms I think - like a remarkable number of people seem to have private phones in 1950's Glasgow, perhaps they did.
Sean Barrett reading is as always first class.
Buy it !
"What a surprise"
This book is set in the 1950's and it is not a period that I have much interest in and probably would not have chosen it if I had known. What a mistake that would have been. It is a fast flowing, well read and interesting book that I enjoyed greatly. The plot is set in Glasgow and the main character is a Canadian who just stayed there after the war. He becomes involved as a PI in a case that leads him through many twists and turns of plot. The characters are well brought out and the places well described. It was odd listening to a book about a PI who has non of the modern aids of technology and the fact that this man dealt with his case with his wits and physical strength made for a good tale. It is a long book but I would highly recommended it.
"Great Plot to Unravel"
Really well read and the characterisation and use of voices by the narrator was excellent and added greatly to the whole experience
"Detective noir with a gritty edge"
The Lennox series of books is a Scotch whisky fuelled ride through 1950's Glasgow. Makes Phillip Marlowe look like miss marple. Highly recommended
"A charming and very funny listen"
'Lennox' (say this to yourself in a thick Glasgow accent) and after listening to this audiobook you will not be able to stop yourself from smiling.
A great plot with 1950's Glasgow seedy underworld ever present, Lennox the ever self deprecating private eye sets out to solve the mysterious disappearance of a gangster. Needless to say Lennox falls foul of the ever present 'Three Kings', Glasgows crime bosses.
What stands out is the merciless black humour, even when inevitably Lennox gets roughed up the author manages to make light of the situation.
Looking forward to catching up with Lennox again!
"Tartan Noir Excellence"
A great continuation of the Lennox series: atmospheric and detailed setting of 1950s Glasgow (I grew up there) coupled with strong characters, a good dash of black humour and, above all, a well constructed and involving plot.
Can't wait for the fourth book to become available in audio format.
I haven't read the print version.
No "moments" but some witty language. The genre, the structure and even the griminess of the setting was very much in the Chandler style and the author does it very well.
Flawless with accents and characters. Really good Glaswegian heavies.
It's a crime thriller--not specifically moving--just a rattling good tale.
The end was a bit deus ex machina, and therefore somewhat unsatisfactory. Even with that, there were unanswered questions and, I am sorry to say, enough loose ends to knit a scarf.
If I went into too much detail it would spoil things for prospective readers (and this book is certainly well worth reading) but Russell had a couple of intractable plot problems by the end and it looks like he couldn't be bothered to figure out more than a quick comb-over to obscure them. Most comb-overs tend to draw attention to the lack of what should be there, rather than hiding it. But then, Chandler did that sort of thing as well and we all forgive him.
"Another great story"
Another great Lennox story full of Glasgow history and banter from a bygone era. I love the gravitas that is given by the narrator. Always a good listen with Sean. With Craigs writing it's an awesome read. Thanks for the nail biting end.
"A great read"
I always enjoy Lennox's escapades but I think this is the best one yet. Perhaps it's because I am getting to know him well. Here's to my next Lennox listen.
"Nope, couldn't finish it."
Nothing. The great Sean Barrett couldn't resurrect this one The narrator's Scottish accents aren't that bad. However he cannot do anything about the dreadfully inaccurate speech patterns in the writing. A Scot wouldn't use the same speech patterns as a working class Southerner. Frankly I couldn't listen to them.
I didn't get through enough of the book to allow me to comment.
Sorry Craig, this one did not do it for me. You could easily have asked a native to review the dialogue. Or, as Craig would say (with a Glasgow accent)...'.It didn't do nuffink for me guvnor'.
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