Released on 17 January 2013.

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The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

3.72 based on 496 ratings & 77 reviews on Goodreads.com

2014 Short-listed

Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award

2013 Long-listed

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

2013 Short-listed

CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger

2013 Winner

Specsavers The Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read

2013 Short-listed

Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award

Synopsis

Winner of the ITV3 Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read Award; shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of the Year and the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award, longlisted the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year, longlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award.

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 organisation wants more?

A meeting at a club. An offer. A brief. A target:

Lewis Winter.

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.

An arresting, gripping novel of dark relationships and even darker moralities, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter introduces a remarkable voice in crime fiction, Malcolm Mackay.

How A Gunman Says Goodbye and The Sudden Arrival of Violence complete The Glasgow Trilogy.

In the media

Brutal but elegantly constructed
New York Times
A thriller trilogy that thrills
Washington Post