The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter – Malcolm Mackay
A confident, new gritty noir thriller based in gangland Glasgow.
Callum is a hitman and has been hired to kill Lewis Winter, all he knows is that it will send out a message to someone. The problem is that the people who have hired Callum also don’t know who the message is for. Poor Lewis Winter is simply the first shot across the bows to persons unknown who are trying to muscle in on territory.
The story unfolds simply and quickly. MacKay’s writing style is brief, fluid and fresh and it gives us little more than pencil sketches of personalities and plot. However, it all starts to interweave building up a story far greater than simple stereotypes suggest.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, given that a gang land novel just didn’t appeal but then good writing can make anything interesting! Try it for yourself.
Available Jan 17th 2013