Private investigator Lennox returns in a new helping of fast-paced detective noir, set in 1950s Glasgow, from the award-winning Craig Russell
PI Lennox - the Scottish Philip Marlowe - returns with a new helping of fast-paced detective noir. where the violent death of Quiet Thomas Quaid shows that Quaid's life had been anything but quiet. From the winner of of the Bloody Scotland Crime Novel of the Year.
Lennox liked Quiet Tommy Quaid. Perhaps it's odd for a private detective to like - even admire - a career thief, but Quiet Tommy Quaid was the sort of man everyone liked. Amiable, easy-going, well-dressed, with no vices to speak of - well, aside from his excessive drinking and womanising, but then in 1950s Glasgow those are practically virtues. And besides, throughout his many exploits outside the law, Quiet Tommy never once used violence. It was rumoured to be the police who gave him his nickname - because whenever they caught him, which was not often, he always came quietly. So probably even the police liked him, deep down.
Above all, the reason people liked Tommy was that you knew exactly what you were dealing with. Here, everybody realized, was someone who was simply and totally who and what he seemed to be.
But when Tommy turns up dead, Lennox and the rest of Glasgow will find out just how wrong they were.
Vivid and compelling, with a dark sense of place, even darker characters, and deliciously noir humour. Craig Russell is a great writer at the top of his game
Craig Russell brilliantly uses the character of his tough, funny and hopeful man Lennox to give us the eyes and ears on a time and place . . . storytelling at its very best!
The kind of thriller-writing that made me want to be a writer in the first place
Russell's 1950s Glasgow is dank, murky and excellently realised . . . as sharp as an upper cut without being overly contrived - The Scotsman
Lennox is a private eye for the ages - tough, uncompromising and insightful . . Russell has brilliantly captured post-war Glasgow
Russell remains one of the more intelligent and sophisticated proponents of the genre - Herald
Craig Russell's novels have been published in twenty-five languages, four have been made into major films in Germany, in one of which he has a cameo role as a detective. He has won the CWA Dagger in the Library and the McIlvanney Prize (for which he has been shortlisted another twice), and has previously been shortlisted for the CWA Golden Dagger, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, and the SNCF Prix Polar in France. A former police officer, Craig Russell is the only non-German to have been awarded the Polizeistern - the Hamburg Police's Police Star.
When not writing, Craig Russell paints, cooks and reads, but not simultaneously.