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Lennox First Novel In The Lennox Series, Featuring A Shady Investigator On The Tough Streets Of S Glasgow From BBC Radio 4 Extra The sardonic private eye is hired by 1950s Glasgow gang leaders, The Three Kings Taut neo noir thriller read by Grant O Rourke As with the others in the series, this was highly impressive in terms of the stylish and witty prose, and the ease and rapidity with which I found myself siding with the eponymous central character Chock full of delightfully creative and evocative similes, there is a high quality to the observation and a degree to which Glasgow as one of a number of colourful characters populates the plot, and an entertaining plot at that Yes, I did start to get slightly confused in the second half Yes, there As with the others in the series, this was highly impressive in terms of the stylish and witty prose, and the ease and rapidity with which I found myself siding with the eponymous central character Chock full of delightfully creative and evocative similes, there is a high quality to the observation and a degree to which Glasgow as one of a number of colourful characters populates the plot, and an entertaining plot at that Yes, I did start to get slightly confused in the second half Yes, there was a bitof the superhuman coincidence than I have praised the absence of in later books in the series Yes, it did feel fifty pages too long However, it entertained and impressed me a great deal and I would very definitely recommend this to lovers of Scottish noir A cracking start to a potentially great series and a book which further compounds my disbelief that Russell is so underated in the crime genre as his Jan Fabel series is compelling reading Anyway, I digress, Lennox does for 50 s Glasgow what Arnott did for 60 s London with the same assortment of dodgy gangsters, bent coppers and the wonderfully seedy underbelly of post war society I think what sets this apart is not only the brilliant re creation of the period but the strength of the charact A cracking start to a potentially great series and a book which further compounds my disbelief that Russell is so underated in the crime genre as his Jan Fabel series is compelling reading Anyway, I digress, Lennox does for 50 s Glasgow what Arnott did for 60 s London with the same assortment of dodgy gangsters, bent coppers and the wonderfully seedy underbelly of post war society I think what sets this apart is not only the brilliant re creation of the period but the strength of the characterisation and the blackly comic asides that permeate the book I liked the fact that Lennox is Canadian and views everything that s thrown at him with the air of an outsider but by the same token how he has overcome this status to mix with some, by and large, unsavoury characters and who is man enough to take a beating Teamed with a pacy plot this series is one to watch and I will be reading the follow up The Long Glasgow Kiss forthwith Former Scottish policeman Craig Russell has made his literary name and won several awards penning crime fiction centred on Hamburg detective Jan Fabel mythology drenched murder stories set in contemporary Germany But with his latest book, Lennox, the first of a planned series of neo noir novels, he returns home and also heads back in time After surviving an awful war which stained his soul, Canadian ex soldier Lennox now operates as a private eye and fixer in a battlefield equally as Former Scottish policeman Craig Russell has made his literary name and won several awards penning crime fiction centred on Hamburg detective Jan Fabel mythology drenched murder stories set in contemporary Germany But with his latest book, Lennox, the first of a planned series of neo noir novels, he returns home and also heads back in time After surviving an awful war which stained his soul, Canadian ex soldier Lennox now operates as a private eye and fixer in a battlefield equally as brutal the violent, corrupt and crime ridden streets of 1950s Glasgow A grimy city where there is little difference between cops and criminals, and where Lennox finds himself dangerously entangled with both, especially when he is hired by one of the city s biggest and most unforgiving crime lords to find out who slaughtered gangster on the rise Tam McGahern and his twin brother Bad becomes worse for Lennox when it becomes clear he is being shadowed by evendangerous men, and he finds himself unwittingly entangled in a wider conspiracy with potentially global effects In Lennox, Russell pleasantly evokes some of the Chandler Hammett esque conventions of the classic hard bitten private eye novel, while at the same time imbuing the story with many era appropriate and notably Scottish touches Tautly plotted, the book is full of wisecracking narration, Neanderthal henchmen, and cynical femme fatales but Russell rises far beyond copycatting or clich with his unique storytelling, dark humour, and ability to weave a wonderful sense of atmosphere Lennox himself is an intelligent and complex protagonist that you are drawn to follow, a man dealing with a sense of dislocation and not fitting in after the war, or even worse not recognising himself as he actually begins to fit in amongst the dark and violent underbelly within which he occasionally operates Gripping and memorable I look forward to the next instalmentThis review was originally published in the October 2009 issue of WildTomato magazine Ok so I was chatting to Graham Smith whose books, by the way are bloody awesome on social media and he asks if I have ever read any of Craig Russell s books I immediately did what any self respecting blogger would do..and checked my kindle NOPE Mr Smith proceeds to totally big up this Craig Russell guy and then suggested I would enjoy the Lennox series So yeah I downloaded book 1 I was easily persuaded.OH MY FRIGGIN GOD bookjunkies Where the hell have I been This book was publishe Ok so I was chatting to Graham Smith whose books, by the way are bloody awesome on social media and he asks if I have ever read any of Craig Russell s books I immediately did what any self respecting blogger would do..and checked my kindle NOPE Mr Smith proceeds to totally big up this Craig Russell guy and then suggested I would enjoy the Lennox series So yeah I downloaded book 1 I was easily persuaded.OH MY FRIGGIN GOD bookjunkies Where the hell have I been This book was published in 2010 and I have only read it now I have to give a MAHOOSIVE thanks to Mr Smith for pointing me in Craig Russell s direction as this book rocked As the synopsis states, this book is set in 1950 s Glasgow and has a very hard boiled noir ish feel to it, if that makes sense It reminded me of a Philip Marlow type story and I was immediately drawn in A twisted sense of justice, retribution, truth seeking, betrayal, gang land violence, power and loss were just some of the themes I came across.Now can we talk Lennox OMFG I am not going to lie I was Eeeeek ing A LOT This character is just awesome Whether we gals admit it or not, we do like a bad boy and Lennox he is baaaaad but oh so gooood I may have a wee FictionalCrush..Born in Glasgow, but raised in Canada he returns to Glasgow after his time in the war and works as a somewhat unorthodox private investigator Lennox has a darkness about him His dry wit and ability to uncover the truth, while finding himself in pretty scary situations, just had me reeling with excitement and fear at the same time It was exhilarating following this characters journey and what a bloody literally thrilling journey it was We also come across a slew of other intriguing characters which make your skin crawl but keeps the reader turning the page at a fiery pace The Three Kings, Helena loved her Mr Andrews and his wife Lillian superb characterisation There is also McNab a copper but I do not like this guy There is no love lost between him and Lennox yet I am desperate to knowJack Ferguson, another copper is someone Lennox has a bit of trust in and they serve complement each other well But I must admit, I loved the complete irony of the brutes named Tiny who was not so tiny at all and Twinkletoes.do NOT be fooled by their names this pair could break you like a twig I could go on and on oh, and De Jong Laughing my ass off just thinking about this guy you will have to read the book though, to find out why I devoured this book It was raw, gritty, dark, violent and intoxicating just my cup of tea Will I be reading anyin this series Hmmmmmm.HELL YEAH I will I have a lot of catching up to do and cannot wait to see what Lennox is up to next So thanks Graham Smith You were RIGHT I adore Lennox and would recommend it to anyone who likes a crime thriller with a twist Head over toand check it out Finally, a Scottish writer who follows the detective fiction tradition of Chandler and MacDonald with a noiresque world view Harkening back to the rough and tumble world of 1950 s gangland Glasgow Russell fills the night with tough guys whipping out both guns and one liners A must read for those fans of detective fiction who feared all was lost to the glitz of forensics and trial procedurals Wish I had written this one Loved by the hardened readers at Monday Night Murders I will be reading Finally, a Scottish writer who follows the detective fiction tradition of Chandler and MacDonald with a noiresque world view Harkening back to the rough and tumble world of 1950 s gangland Glasgow Russell fills the night with tough guys whipping out both guns and one liners A must read for those fans of detective fiction who feared all was lost to the glitz of forensics and trial procedurals Wish I had written this one Loved by the hardened readers at Monday Night Murders I will be reading the rest of Russell s books in this series This is the hardcover published by Quercus from the UK published in 2009, a first edition I m a bit confused where the title listing came from as the words A Man for Hire, But Not for Sale is nowhere to be found on the book or on the copyright page. This book I have is called Lennox and is a Quercus release with the same ISBN number so hemce my puzzlement about the information.Anyhow having read later installments of this Glasgow Noir novel about a Private Detective in the post war 50 s In Glasgow is actually very entertaining and classy The lead character has been stuck in Glasgow after the war and has not returned to Canada after the second World War He gets stuck with a case neither of the three major crime lords in Glasgow want to b This book I have is called Lennox and is a Quercus release with the same ISBN number so hemce my puzzlement about the information.Anyhow having read later installments of this Glasgow Noir novel about a Private Detective in the post war 50 s In Glasgow is actually very entertaining and classy The lead character has been stuck in Glasgow after the war and has not returned to Canada after the second World War He gets stuck with a case neither of the three major crime lords in Glasgow want to be blamed for namely the murder of Tam McGahern and his twin brother The police seems to get nowhere so Lennox gets on the case This Chandler Hammett esque tale is a hoot and a half and grand entertainment.This is a story about betrayal and coldblooded murder which will be observed by Lennox a few times in the case of the missing wife who is not missing as it turns out except for any morals she ever might have had Two brothers are murdered, a pimp gets murdered, police uniforms get stolen and so are a shipload of military material The Three kings from Glasgow, as the gangster threesome are called that divided Glasgow among them are seemingly in the dark hence their choice in hiring Lennox and no is not an answer As Lennox grinds away he finds outthan he wanted to know but also ends up with a well deserved rest.An Excellent entrance for a new series that can be considered as Glasgow noir and is as entertaining as the best in genre can deliver It is certainly different from the Faber books and that is perhaps as big as a compliment you can give this writer, two separate series with their own voice and style And they both are very well written series with great books Time taken to read 2 daysPages 425Publisher QuercusBlurb from Glasgow, 1953 the war may be over but the battle for the streets is just beginning Three crime bosses control the murky streets, but a small scale con is trying to invade their territory The balance is shifting Lennox, a hard man in a hard city at a hard time, finds himself caught in the middle a dangerous place to be.One night, a body is discovered on the road, his head mashed to pulp, and Lennox is in the frame for Time taken to read 2 daysPages 425Publisher QuercusBlurb from Glasgow, 1953 the war may be over but the battle for the streets is just beginning Three crime bosses control the murky streets, but a small scale con is trying to invade their territory The balance is shifting Lennox, a hard man in a hard city at a hard time, finds himself caught in the middle a dangerous place to be.One night, a body is discovered on the road, his head mashed to pulp, and Lennox is in the frame for murder The only way of proving his innocence is to solve the crime but he ll have to dodge mendeadly than Glasgow s crime bosses before he gets any answers.The first in a unique and memorable crime series, Lennox is gritty, fast paced, mordantly funny and totally compelling.My ReviewIt is Glasgow, 1950s There are crime bosses and small time criminals trying to carve a bit of business out for themselves When a particularly brutal slaying of one of the small time players is carried out Lennox is called upon to investigate Lennox is a private eye, has fists of steel and an attitude to match He has no intention of getting involved until suddenly he is being fingered as a suspect and the police are turning up the heat Can he uncover the killer before he goes to jail, or worse, is taken out This is the first in a series, Lennox is a hard man, not entirely likable to be honest, he is a bit of a cad to the ladies although his background gives some insight into his thought process and actions He is intelligent, sly like a fox and tough enough to keep himself protected although manages to annoy and bring violence where he goes.Good paced story, certainly a good start to a series, I liked reading a tale set in old Glasgow It is littered with coarse language which some readers may find offensive Can t say I loved any of the characters to be honest although they are cleverly created in fitting with the theme of the tale 3 5 for me this time, I would read this author again


About the Author: Craig Russell

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformationAward winning, best selling and critically acclaimed author His novels have been published in twenty five languages around the world The movie rights to the Devil Aspect have been bought by Columbia Pictures Biblical, his science fiction novel, has been acquired by Imaginarium Studios Sonar Entertainment, four Jan Fabel novels have been made into movies in one of which Craig Russell makes a cameo appearance as a detective for ARD, the German national broadcaster, and the Lennox series has been optioned for TV development.Craig Russell won the 2015 Crime Book of the Year McIlvanney Prize for The Ghosts of Altona , and is currently longlisted for the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid , the latest in the Lennox series was a finalist for the 2013 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger was a finalist for the 2012 Crime Book of the Year McIlvanney Prize won the 2008 CWA Dagger in the Library for the Fabel series was a finalist for the 2007 CWA Duncan Lawrie Golden Dagger was a finalist for the 2007 SNCF Prix Polar in France is the only non German to be awarded the highly prestigious Polizeistern by the Polizei Hamburg.Official website Fanpage writes under the pseudonym Christopher Galt


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