Released on 16 January 2014.

#3 in series
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The Sudden Arrival of Violence

4.12 based on 248 ratings & 35 reviews on


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 organizations 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

A thriller trilogy that thrills
Washington Post
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
The final novel in Malcolm MacKay's wonderful Glasgow trilogy . . . Gripping and vivid, with a labyrinthine plot involving double - and triple-crossing, The Sudden Arrival of Violence is told in a staccato, abbreviated style throughout. It's very difficult to keep this up, let alone do it well, but MacKay succeeds magnificently, and his third novel is well up to the high standard of its predecessors