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For Those Who Know the Ending
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Martin Sivok is in trouble. Tied to a chair, plastic strips biting his wrists, inside a deserted warehouse . . . There are only so many ways this scenario can end, most of them badly. For now his best hope is figuring out who put him here — and staying conscious long enough to confront them.
To stay awake he reviews the past year of his life: evading the law in the Czech Republic by running to Glasgow, settling into a borderline respectable relationship with his landlady, and getting back into the life at the very bottom of the criminal ladder, alongside Usman Kassar, a cocky, goofy kid anxious to prove himself.
The job should be simple: Smash heads, grab cash, run. The trouble with being two outsiders is, you don't always know whose heads are too dangerous to crack, or whose cash is too hot to handle...
In sharp, precise prose, Malcolm Mackay — an "elegant stylist" unmatched in contemporary noir (Chicago Tribune) — captures the character of Glasgow and its underworld denizens.
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        Malcolm Mackay's Glasgow Trilogy has been nominated for several international prizes. The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter was shortlisted for the Edgar Awards' Best Paperback Original, the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. How a Gunman Says Goodbye won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award. Mackay was born in Stornoway on Scotland's Isle of Lewis, where he still lives.


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To stay awake he reviews the past year of his life: evading the law in the Czech Republic by running to Glasgow, settling into a borderline respectable relationship with his landlady, and getting back into the life at the very bottom of the criminal ladder, alongside Usman Kassar, a cocky, goofy kid anxious to prove himself.
The job should be simple: Smash heads, grab cash, run. The trouble with being two outsiders is, you don't always know whose heads are too dangerous to crack, or whose cash is too hot to handle...
In sharp, precise prose, Malcolm Mackay — an "elegant stylist" unmatched in contemporary noir (Chicago Tribune) — captures the character of Glasgow and its underworld denizens.
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        As a captured Czech killer sits bound in a Glasgow warehouse awaiting his fate, Mackay provides a series of flashbacks detailing the events that brought him to such a dire spot.Martin Sivok is good at what he does, but after leaving Brno under some pressure, he doesn't expect the opportunities for new work in a new home to fall into his lap. His drought ends when low-level dealer Usman Kassar invites him to serve as gunman on a routine heist he's researched thoroughly. Unfortunately, Kassar's research has been thorough enough to attract attention, and when he and Sivok break into the bookmaking establishment Donny Gregor runs for jailed crime boss Peter Jamieson (Every Night I Dream of Hell, 2017, etc.), Jamieson security consultant Nate Colgan and his predecessor, Stephen "Gully" Fitzgerald, are also on hand. Miraculously, Sivok and Kassar escape with 32,000 pounds and without killing anybody, and Kassar concludes: "It was a success." But although they haven't left any corpses behind, they've left enough clues to make it much likelier than they'd expected that Colgan and Fitzgerald can trace and identify them. Two months later, the sky still hasn't fallen down around the thieves, and Sivok, pressed to make a down payment on a house for his live-in girlfriend's daughter, reluctantly agrees to Kassar's proposal for a second job. This one doesn't go as fatality-free as the first, and the two thieves survive only because they've succeeded in turning two gangs fighting for control of Glasgow's drug trade against each other. But despite the complete absence of law enforcement personnel (a nice touch), how long can their good luck continue when Kassar is more vulnerable than he realizes and when Sivok's due to end up tied to a chair as the clock ticks down?Dour, dead-eyed, and appropriately disillusioned, though the unfolding is more ritualistic than suspenseful.

        COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        April 2, 2018
        Edgar-finalist Mackay’s intricate follow-up to 2017’s Every Night I Dream of Hell opens with petty crook Martin Sivok, an immigrant from the Czech Republic, tied to a chair in an abandoned Glasgow warehouse. The main narrative reveals what led to Martin’s plight. When Martin and his buddy, Usman Kassar, steal £32,000 from a bookie belonging to the Jamieson crime syndicate, Martin, the more cautious of the pair, wants to take his half and lay low, but the flashier Usman is already planning another job. Meanwhile, Nate Colgan, the reluctant acting head of the crime organization during the prison term of Peter Jamieson, the real leader, plans his revenge. Nate must also manage the everyday flow of the business—it’s a full-time job keeping the operation on its feet while quietly tracking down two amateurs who had the gall to steal from it. As with all of Mackay’s work, the violence is shot through with dark humor, and even the lowest criminals have their fair share of humanity. Tartan noir fans will find plenty to like. Agent: Grainne Fox, Fletcher & Co.

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To stay awake he reviews the past year of his life: evading the law in the Czech Republic by running to Glasgow, settling into a borderline respectable relationship with his landlady, and getting back into the life at the very bottom of the criminal ladder, alongside Usman Kassar, a cocky, goofy kid anxious to prove himself.
The job should be simple: Smash heads, grab cash, run. The trouble with being two outsiders is, you don't always know whose heads are too dangerous to crack, or whose cash is too hot to handle...
In sharp, precise prose, Malcolm Mackay — an "elegant stylist" unmatched in contemporary noir (Chicago Tribune) — captures the character of Glasgow and its...
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