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The stunning conclusion to the Glasgow Trilogy from the celebrated author of The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter and How a Gunman Says Goodbye.

He's touching the front of his coat, feeling the shape of the gun. Should have got rid of it. On any other night, any other job, he would. This isn't any other job. This, he intends, will be his last...

It begins with two deaths: A money-man and a grass. Deaths that offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A man who has finally had enough of killing. Meanwhile two of Glasgow's biggest criminal organisations are at quiet, deadly war with one another. And as Detective Michael Fisher knows, the biggest - and bloodiest - manoeuvres are yet to come...

The stunning conclusion to Malcolm Mackay's lauded Glasgow Trilogy, The Sudden Arrival of Violence will return listeners to the city's underworld: A place of dark motives, dangerous allegiances and inescapable violence...

©2014 Malcolm Mackay (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • Brian
  • 04-28-17

Good 3rd part to the story

the author gives lots of detail from the characters perspective all good stuff. shame it's come to an end.

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  • Boggy of Bucks
  • 12-01-16

Startlingly Good

Gritty Scottish crime novels are an attractive genre and, having just finished the latest Rebus, I was still in the mood. The Sudden Arrival of Violence was one of those 'people who bought this also liked this' scenarios. The algorithm was right on the money.

The style in which this novel is written is completely different to almost any other book I can think of and it brings the listener into intimate contact with all the characters. It is well paced, thoughtful, interestingly different and violent - although the violence itself is one of the characters.

I thought it was brilliantly written and perfectly narrated.

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  • Linton
  • 12-13-14

Surprisingly Engaging

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sudden Arrival of Violence to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version so it would be hard to tell?..

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sudden Arrival of Violence?

The active description and tension that the main protagonist goes through in preparing for his "jobs"

What does Angus King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Active and very engaging way of delivering dialogue. Added to story rather than detracted.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Preparation is only the start to living, working and surviving as a Hitman