Lennox liked Quiet Tommy Quaid. Perhaps it's odd for a private detective to like - even admire - a career thief, but Quiet Tommy Quaid was the sort of man everyone liked.
Amiable, easygoing, well dressed, with no vices to speak of - well, aside from his excessive drinking and womanising, but then, in 1950s Glasgow those were practically virtues. And besides, throughout his many exploits outside the law, Quiet Tommy never once used violence.
It was rumoured to be the police who gave him his nickname - because whenever they caught him, which was not often, he always went quietly. So probably even the police liked him, deep down.
Above all, the reason people liked Tommy was that he you knew exactly what you were dealing with. Here, everybody realised, was someone who was exactly, simply and totally who and what he seemed to be.
But when Tommy turns up dead, Lennox and the rest of Glasgow will find out just how wrong they were.
©2016 Craig Russell (P)2016 WF Howes Ltd
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"All the Lennox Books"
What a fantastic series of stories, well researched, brilliantly brought to life by Sean Barrett
"Another great Lennox book"
Really enjoyed the most recent Craig Russell book. I've now listened to all the Lennox series and gave enjoyed them all. Great narration from Sean Barrett. Really keeps the atmosphere and the pace. Would recommend all of this series which creates a great gritty feel for 1950s Glasgow.
"Another great book"
Once again another atmospheric book. Superbly performed. A real treat. I am just sad that I have finished it. I will definitely listen again.
"Sean Barrett - the best!"
Another fantastic reading by the amazingly talented Sean Barrett, and a gripping story too. Listened two long sittings, I couldn't leave it.
"The best Lennox yet"
Although the Hamburg series is excellent too, the Lennox series has shown the mastery of Craig Russell's crime thriller writing at its best in my opinion. All have been excellent in evoking post war Glasgow, the grimy work of economic decay and the brutish world of organised crime.The city provides a wonderful counterpoint to the leader character's compromised character.He is rather unique on my experience and sets this series of crime novels apart from any other. Although at once repelled by Lennox's darker side, one cannot help but warm to him as he struggles to put his baser instincts behind him.
In this latest novel we encounter Thomas Quaid who is similar enough to Lennox to offer the latter a mirror in which to see himself and begin once again to pick himself up. But inevitably events take him back into a dirty dangerous world where he must sort out the messy detritus of human greed and sin.
The plot weaves in and out, keeping the reader guessing and never quite going where you guess, although it is never contrived; instead it delights, ramping up the tension before easing it back before it overpowers, always paced just right. We meet old friends too like Twinkletoes McBride and Jock Fergueson and get to know them better. Details become vitally important and one can only marvel at the writer's inventiveness and cleverness.
Such a book deserves a great narrator and Sean Barrat once again excels. As usual he nails the accents, and paces the action with consummate skill. Somehow he draws the listener in close to the action in a way that no other narrator can.
Altogether this is a wonderful novel and thoroughly recommended.
"Bit of a disapointment.."
Yeah I suppose it was worth a listen, but dragged on at bit near the end, could have been shorter..
I think I must draw a line under this one as I have most of Craig's books in my library. Time for some new blood..
Very good can't fault this Guy 4stars..
No it's done !!
It's a good story and worth a listen if you are new to Craig Russell .. Don't let me put you of a good Murder !!!!
My husband and I both loved this book. We have listened to two other books in the series and were delighted to find another. Mr Barrett's accents are excellently delivered. He reads the story very well. We especially liked the Polish greengrocer. Twinkletoes as the bird watching family man is a bit hard to swallow knowing his previous job.The topography of Glasgow was well researched and the humour of the city shines through. 1950s Glasgow comes to life through the author's words. Although Lennox gets the job done he is a thoroughly unpleasant, misogynistic, violent man and I still do not like him (husband disagreeing in background). All in all a treat for the ears.
"Outstanding and well worth the wait!!!"
if you haven't discovered this awesome series, you are missing out BIG TIME! Both the author and the narrator - BRILLIANT!!!
"Russell - Barrett - Lennox: A real dream team"
Much as I like Craig Russell's Hamburg based Jan Fabel books I think the Lennox series set in late 1950s Glasgow is his magnum opus. The combination of more realistic plot lines,not tied to legends or fairy tales, with excellent period detail, (maybe not always 100% accurate - more later), and superb characterisations make the printed works amongst the best in class. When you add the incomparable narration talents of Sean Barrett as the voice of Lennox, you get my favourite series.
Lennox is a Canadian who stayed behind in Scotland after the war and became what could probably be kindly called, a shady PI. You don't have to have any great insight to spot the obvious parallels with, and homage to, Raymond Chandler's work in the anti-hero that is this latter day 'McMarlow'.
Sean Barrett could make cricket sound interesting, and the hybrid Canadian/Scottish accent he uses for the central character is one of many variations of transatlantic keelie to be found in the west coast of Scotland at the time. Spot on.
The publisher's summary gives enough enough plot detail to decide if the storyline is for you. I would advise reading the whole series in order, but any of the books can be read as a stand alone.
Quibbles are very few and they are with the very slight inaccuracies mentioned earlier. They would probably go unnoticed except by someone like me who was born grew up in that part of the world at around the time the books are set. There are a couple of late 20th century idioms which NOBODY in the area would have used in the late 1950s. Construction of Inverkip Marina, which features towards the end of the book, only started in the mid '60s and it didn't open until 1971. In a previous book in the series the author took a few liberties with the geography of my home town. All of these minor flaws are wiped out and forgotten by the acknowledgement Russell gives in the narrative to the genius of another Greenock boy, the late great Chic Murray.
An outstanding book in any format but especially in audio. Highly recommended.
More please Mr. Russell.
Listen to the whole series from the first book 'Lennox'.
Sean Barrett is superb as always.
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