#3 in series

The Sudden Arrival of Violence

Book 3 in the series

4.13 based on 162 ratings & 27 reviews on Goodreads.com
Mantle

Publication date: 16.01.2014
ISBN: 9780230769731
Number of pages: 400

Synopsis

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 readers to the city's underworld: a place of dark motives, dangerous allegiances and inescapable violence . . .

In the media

Mackay's clipped, spare, present tense narrative is urgent, clever and ominous. In a field so crowded as crime writing it is not easy to present an original voice. Malcolm Mackay's laconic tone is his alone . . . the Herbrides have produced an author of their own who strides easily into the top division.
West Highland Free Press
Brutal but elegantly constructed
New York Times
This is a story to take in one gulp . . . Malcolm Mackay's lauded Glasgow Trilogy pounds a familiar beat - fans of Taggart and William McIlvanney's Laidlaw will know it well - the Glasgow backbeat of chisel-faced hard men, organised crime, vengeance, punishment beatings, vicious killing . . . As you'd expect from a writer whose previous books have been listed for - and won - major crime fiction prizes, the prose is as terse as the tale is tense . . . Mackay grabs the action from the start . . . He completely commands his material as he steers it towards a dramatic culmination.
Scotsman