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The Long Glasgow Kiss: A Lennox Thriller [Format Kindle]

Craig Russell

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Revue de presse

'Another brilliantly sharp, witty and tough take on a hard city at a hard time ... a former cop, Russell is Britain's rising crime-writing star' Daily Mirror.
'Through his humorous lens, time and place become razor-sharp ... The lightness of touch is a breath of fresh air in this most crowded of genres ... This is tartan neo-noir at its most entertaining' Sunday Herald. --Reviews.

Présentation de l'éditeur

Glasgow in the 1950s - private investigator Lennox is keeping a low profile, enjoying a fling with the daughter of shady bookie and greyhound breeder MacFarlane. When MacFarlane is found bludgeoned to death, Lennox is a suspect. Luckily, he has a solid gold alibi - he was in bed with the victim's daughter at the time.

It turns out MacFarlane was into some seriously dodgy stuff. One of Glasgow's notorious Three Kings, crime boss Willie Sneddon, is involved and he's not a man Lennox wants to cross. But there's an even bigger player out there, an elusive villain who makes the Three Kings look like minnows. Lennox is going to get his fingers burnt, badly.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2993 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 353 pages
  • Editeur : Quercus (1 juillet 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004CYEWR2
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  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°19.048 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

En savoir plus sur l'auteur

Craig Russell est l'auteur des romans policiers à succès dont Jan Fabel est le héros et dont l'action se situe à Hambourg. C'est également lui qui a écrit la série de romans Lennox dont l'action se passe à Glasgow dans les années cinquante. Ses livres, publiés dans le monde entier, ont été traduits dans vingt-trois langues.

Official website: http://www.craigrussell.com
About Me page: http://about.me/craig.russell
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stunning Scottish noir 5 septembre 2010
Par Jim Tenuto - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
With Ian Rankin's Rebus series bowing out with Exit Music, and Stuart MacBride's Logan MacRae wandering down a predictable and highly gruesome path, there is room for another actor on the stage of Scottish noir. Enter Craig Russell. His character, Lennox, a Canadian of Scottish descent, has made his home in Glasgow following his service in the First Canadian Army during World War II. This is a gritty, industrial Glasgow, the city's underworld ruled by The Three Kings, Jonny Cohen, a Jew who lives in "Tel Aviv on the Clyde", Hammer Murphy, the Catholic thug whose nickname came from a public murder using his tool of choice, and Willie Sneddon, the "Prod." While these three stand in for the sectarian violence that gripped the city in the the post war years, and occasionally grips the city to this day (Celtics-Rangers matches, or the Orange Day parade), they also bring Lennox most of his business.

The book opens with Lennox taking on what he thinks is a rather innocuous missing person's case, searching for the brother of a noted chanteuse, Sheila Gainesborough. There is also the small matter of the murder of Small Change MacFarlane, a turf accountant (bookie). For once, Glasgow polis don't roust Lennox, his alibi...he was out dating Small Change's daughter. Lennox finds himself working for multiple employers, all of the Three Kings, though on different tasks, as well as one of the under bosses of the Glasgow gangland scene. This second book in the Lennox series, like the first, is a romp through the Second City of the Empire. The city itself, much like Edinburgh in Rankin's books, is as much of a character as any of the others.

Returning is Twinkletoes McBride, who along with his method of extracting information by use of removing one lower digits also is improving his vocabulary thanks to the Reader's Digest. Singer, a cleverly named voluntary mute, also lurks in the background. Jock Ferguson, perhaps the only cop not "bent" remains, if not a friend, then someone Lennox can trust...to a point.

Well plotted, Lennox pulls the threads of all the separate cases together, serving many masters and both sides of the law. Lennox himself is a complex character. He hates what the war has done to him. He stumbles through a moral morass, seeking what few shreds of his humanity remain. He uses women, then mires himself in self-loathing for doing just that. He reads (though not Hemingway) and tries to be a good tenant to his war-widowed landlord, Fiona White.

While the first book in the series, Lennox, was equally good, Russell avoids the "second book" doldrums and produces a work not only every bit as good, but better. The characters have more depth, the plot and morals more nuanced. The first book explored the Jewish ghetto of Glasgow, the second introduces the life of the pikeys, the Irish and European gypsies who live in wagons and caravans in the countryside.

We spent nine weeks in Glasgow this summer. Reading about the streets and neighborhoods we visited during our stay only made these books more enjoyable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Long Glasgow Kiss 14 novembre 2012
Par Khaleel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Lennox the enquiry agent gets involved in another case for Willie Sneddon, one of the Three Kings, the crime kingpins who control 1950s Glasgow. Just love the mixture of clever wit and gritty tough guy portrayed by Lennox. The dark smoky and wet Scottish city is a perfect backdrop for this classy noir thriller. The bad guys have great names like Small Change MacFarlane and Twinketoes McBride. Beautiful women,fixed boxing bouts and big 50's cars mix it up with big city gangsters. Lennox has to use all his fast thinking, fast talking and even faster fists to come out on the other side of this one. Lennox runs two cases, one a seemingly simple missing persons enquiry for a beautiful celebrity and the other trying to work out who put the scares on a championship boxer. Not always on the right side of the law, Lennox has to walk a fine line between working for the crime bosses and staying out of the way of Glasgow police who'd like nothing more than beating him to a pulp, locking him up and throwing away the keys.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not great but not bad 31 mars 2012
Par MandytheBookworm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
The Long Glasgow Kiss is set in the 1950s and brings about the feel of a gangster kind of story with the usual threats of physical harm if certain rules and requests are not adhered to. Lennox is a private investigator in Glasgow, not quite aboveboard but delivers results. Lennox's current case is one of murder, murder of his not-quite-girlfriend's father, a bookie named Jimmy `Small Change' MacFarlane. The night of the murder Lennox was with Small Change's daughter Lorna, ruling himself out of any foul play but now he must investigate to find out who the killer was and what the motivation was.

The Three Kings run the streets of Glasgow and it's one of these kings who request Lennox look into the matter of Small Change. However, that's not all Lennox is asked to investigate. As is with crime bosses, lords, kings, what have you, one occurrence or situation often meshes with another, perhaps a few more anothers. In the end Lennox is kept on his toes juggling a few different matters and at the same time trying to save his toes from being cut off by producing answers.

I loved the humour to start with and thought this is going to be a great book. It wasn't great and it wasn't bad. The Long Glasgow Kiss at times seemed a little too long to me. I can't help but think if some sections were condensed it would have captured me more. I have read quite a few crime novels in my time so maybe that's it, maybe it just didn't measure up to others I have read. Don't read this the wrong way either, it still was an okay book for me, the story was good and the splashings of humour were great, and no doubt this is someone's perfect cup of tea - but then I prefer coffee :O)

Many thanks to Jess from Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of The Long Glasgow Kiss - thanks, Jess!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Falls just short of excellent 3 novembre 2010
Par Alex - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
The Product Description and other reviewers have done a good job giving details of plot and characters. This review is intended to supplement them with a bit more detail.

I am a fan of Craig Russell's Jan Fabel series so last year when he introduced Lennox, a 1950s Glasgow P.I. I jumped at it and loved it. The same goes for this, the character's second outing, in The Long Glasgow Kiss. I would say that if you haven't read the first book it might be a good idea to do so before reading this new one as there are several references to events from it which might leave you a bit puzzled if you don't.

As someone who was born and grew up in the time and location in which the novel is set, the period detail, and the atmosphere created by the author have a particular resonance for me. It also leads to my one possible quibble but more of that later. This book has one of the best opening lines I have read in a long time and sums up Glasgow and surrounds of the time perfectly. I won't spoil it for you by quoting it here, but is a great example of the oft cited wisdom that you should take great care over your opener. Apparently casual, but no doubt carefully thought out, it is a real winner.

Lennox, as he admits, steers close to and sometimes over the line between legal, and as illegal as you can get. He has killed more than one person. There is no question that the world is probably a better place without those he has despatched from it, but you still can't really call him a hero, or even always likeable. He is also the most articulate fictional private eye I have ever come across. Words like `sedulously - euonymous - muliebrity - & ineluctable' don't normally trip lightly from the tongues of those in his trade. Despite this, he, and some of the less refined characters in the book, frequently lapse into language which would be euphemistically called `industrial' so you may want to avoid if you find this offensive.

Russell uses a similar clever character device to that in the Fabel series where the hero is half Scottish half German. Lennox was born in Scotland, moved to Canada as a baby and was called up to fight for the Canadian Forces in Europe during WWII. After the war he settled in Glasgow. This detail means that the character can get away with inconsistencies which might be picked out if he was fully one thing or the other. Even so I doubt if anyone in Glasgow in the `50s would describe something as going 'pear-shaped'.

Which brings me to the quibble mentioned earlier. A large part of one of the plot lines in the book is resolved in action in and around The Free French War Memorial on Lyle Hill. This is actually in my home town of Greenock, and a beautiful framed sunset photograph of it hangs in the hallway of my home. For some reason Craig Russell carelessly says it, and the golf course from which he observes the man he is tailing, are in Port Glasgow, but the description he goes on to give contradicts this. To a local this is a bit like saying that The Statue Of Liberty is in New Jersey. It may seem a minor issue but for books that are lauded for the accuracy of their period detail it does cast a niggling shadow of doubt over just how accurate the rest might be.

If you like tough, wise-cracking P.Is. in the best tradition of Chandler's Philip Marlowe, and/or the harsh black humour of Glasgow you will probably love the Lennox books. If Amazon allowed half stars I would award 4.5 but even at the four stars I have given it was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the next one.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Welcome back Lennox 27 juillet 2014
Par Joao Cardeira Jorge - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you're a fan of the genre, then this is “THE” book for you. A tough PI, with a smart mouth, irresistible for the ladies and his own moral code. Sure, there's a lot of inspiration here from the “giants” of the genre and maybe there's not that much originality except using Scotland as the setting, but the overall package is amazingly entertaining if you, like me, go crazy for this sort of story.
Its a shame there's no “femme fatale” in this second Lennox book, but you have a perfectly muddled and twist filled plot needed for a noir. Its a seedy atmosphere with even seedier characters and a bit of action between the investigation.
The book does feel a bit too long and, maybe as a result, the ending seemed a bit rushed and fell somewhat flat. Its like Russell just had to wrap things up quickly. The author had to resort to the bad guy holding a gun and explaining the whole plot to our hero, which, like I said before is less than original and even a bit campy. Unfortunately, after so much trouble, it seemed to whole thing was actually disappointingly simple and the stakes not that high after all. It hurt the overall impact of the book.
Still, there are some very funny lines, amusing dialogs, a good sense of pace and a strict following of the genre's tropes.
Its a very entertaining read, and a gem for hard-boiled fiction addicts. Like the first book, it just lacks that “special something” to really make it great, but the end result is more than worth your attention.
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