The Mystery Writers of America have nominated Malcolm Mackay’s THE NECESSARY DEATH OF LEWIS WINTER (Mulholland Books) as a Best Paperback Original for this year’s Edgar Allen Poe awards for mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television!
THE NECESSARY DEATH OF LEWIS WINTER is the first in Malcolm Mackay’s “tartan noir” Glasgow Trilogy, following hitman Calum MacLean through the city’s gritty underworld. (Part 2 of the trilogy is HOW A GUNMAN SAYS GOODBYE, and Part 3 is THE SUDDEN ARRIVAL OF VIOLENCE.) The acclaimed debut series has been nominated for countless international prizes.
IT’S EASY TO KILL A MAN. IT’S HARD TO KILL A MAN WELL.
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 more?
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.
“Glasgow’s a tough city and this is a tough book . . . very authentic, very gritty, you can really feel the streets. They call this genre Tartan Noir and absolutely The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter is a first class member of that.”—Lee Child
“A quietly absorbing gangland tale, full of moral ambiguities.”—The Times
“A remarkably original debut . . . this is a book that it would be hard not to finish in one sitting . . . a wholly believable and unnerving portrait of organised crime.”—Observer
“Remarkable. Mackay’s achievement is all the more stunning because drawing on his sublime imagination and innate empathy he has created a cast of characters so vivid – especially MacLean, who knows how hard it is to kill a man – that they live on in the memory long after the final page.”—Daily Mail
Already burned through the Glasgow Trilogy? Malcolm’s latest, THE NIGHT THE RICH MEN BURNED, is out in May of this year and currently available for pre-order!