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How a Gunman Says Goodbye
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How a Gunman Says Goodbye [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by Malcolm Mackay (Author), Angus King (Narrator)
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The stunning new novel from the author of The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

How does a gunman retire? Frank MacLeod was the best at what he does. Thoughtful. Efficient. Ruthless. But is he still the best?A new job. A target. But something is about to go horribly wrong. Someone is going to end up dead. Most gunmen say goodbye to the world with a bang. Frank's still here. He's lasted longer than he should have...

The breathtaking, devastating sequel to lauded debut The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, How a Gunman Says Goodbye will plunge the reader back into the Glasgow underworld, where criminal organisations war for prominence and those caught up in events are tested at every turn.

The final book in the Glasgow Trilogy The Sudden Arrival of Violence will follow soon...

©2013 Malcolm Mackay; (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
  • Release Date: July 4, 2013
  • Language: English
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first... August 15, 2013
By Raven
How A Gunman Says Goodbye is the follow-up to Malcolm Mackay's exceptional debut novel The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter forming the first two instalments of his Glasgow Trilogy ( the final book, The Sudden Arrival of Violence due to be published January 2014) , and I really don't know what I can add to the universal praise Mackay has attracted so far. With How A Gunman Says Goodbye, Mackay merely adds to the kudos of his first, with another taut and uncompromising but utterly compelling read, this time focusing on ageing hit man Frank MacLeod, whose comeback from a hip operation, has slightly dulled his formerly razor sharp senses, thereby damaging his long standing reputation as a hit man to fear, and a man whose long term options become increasingly limited...

With the same spare and mesmerising prose that so defined the style and pace of the first book, Mackay cleverly melds moments of tangible compassion with the grim realities of Frank's future options, that by turn raises empathy, yet an acceptance of the harsh truth within the reader as we see the diminishing of Frank's usefulness to his former masters. As the pace and coolness of the narrative decreases the passion of the prose, you are so aware of the decreasing circle that Frank finds himself in, with the uncomfortable realisation that his options are decreasing by the hour and that his future is bleak. As Frank considers a life spent at the murderous behest of others, a sad picture comes to light of a life unlived, that is so powerful in its portrayal with the tautness of Mackay's characterisation and prose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel July 28, 2013
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This book follows the travails of an older gunman, first introduced as a minor character in the first book of the trilogy, as he follows one of the well-worn exit stages at the end of his career. Whilst practically all the characters are the same as 'The necessary Murder of Lewis Winter', the shift in focus towards someone who was a minor character in the first book also helps provide new insights into the major characters, and maintains continuity. For those who enjoyed the first book, this one is a worthy sequel, with a good structure, and such strong characterization that the reader feels as if he really knows the people and the crime world being described.My only complaint, as with the first, is the structure. The books are a good read, and the endings seem abrupt, as if the author is compelled to finish them, not as if the story has reached a natural conclusion. But perhaps that's his way of hooking one into the sequel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glasgow trilogy April 9, 2014
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Very interesting written. The whole Glasgow trilogy. Life in the criminal world and its laws. Police in opposite. But also the thinking of bosses and their gunmen and drivrrs etc. A ki d of psychological analysis. Quite subtle. Worth of reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid entertainment. November 2, 2013
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Solid entertainment. Gloomy goons and concrete cunning, you will be entertained by Malcolm Mackays description of glaswegian underworld blokes, their girls, their nerve and their worries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars August 3, 2014
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Good book.
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