I enjoyed the story, the characters, the setting and it all moved along at a good pace. I really have no complaints and it is probably about 4.4 starts, not quite gripping enough to make 5 stars, but certainly highly recommended. The main characters follow different routes into the murky underworld, with differing levels of success and it all builds nicely to a conclusion as their "careers" flourish and spiral downwards respectively. It didn't soften the violent underbelly of the criminal world, or overly romanticise the journey they took (i.e. you don't particularly like the characters and the things they do, and the author doesn't feel the need to make them likeable, albeit their actions are understandable).
Well worth a read, enjoy.
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Mr Matthew Gibbons
A good story, well written, gritty and realisticReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2016
Another wonderful novel from Mlcolm MackayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2015
The Night the Rich Men Burned runs parallel to the Glasgow Trilogy. It' contains many of the familiar characters and records the infighting between the loan collection organisations and the progress or otherwise of two young men as they make their introduction into gangland. I found the pace of this book to be faster than the slower and more brooding Trilogy. The characters, the good, the bad, the despicable were all wonderfully portrayed, the story gripping. A really enjoyable book. I appreciated the list of characters, handy to refer back to. More please as soon as you can Mr Mackay.
Tartan noir at its noirest!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2014
Set before, during and after the events of the Glasgow Trilogy, this is a harder than nails tale of money lending and debt collecting revolving around Oliver Peterkinney and Alex Glass, two friends with big ambitions. The plot evolves like a Greek Tragedy, inexorably leading to revenge and retribution but good does not win as there are no good people involved. The style of writing is different and may not be to everyone's liking but this is a must read, something of a first for me to say!
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