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Publisher's Summary

It's easy to kill a man. It's hard to kill a man well.
A 29-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.
©2015 Malcolm Mackay (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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)
"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)
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By Charles Atkinson on 07-01-15

A British Answer To Elmore Leonard? Its That Good!

This is a tale of contract murder, written in the third person with great skill. Elmore Leonard created clever and flawed characters with quick wit and a love for violence. McKay delivers much the same here.

A middle aged, mid level drug dealer is attempting to steal territory from one mobster with the backing of a rival gang. His name is Lewis Winter and his death is necessary. So a quiet, somewhat apathetic hit man is given the contract to kill Mr. Winter. But is Lewis' murder really neccesary? Do yourself a favor and buy this book!

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By Ryan A Culver on 06-20-17

Gritty and methodical

The plot moves ploddingly but the action when it comes is intense and brutal. Looking forward to the second in the series to get a deeper glimpse in to the streets of Glasgow.

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