The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (Glasgow Trilogy 1)
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IT'S EASY TO KILL A MAN. IT'S HARD TO KILL A MAN WELL.
A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this a job offer.
The clues are there if you know to look for them. He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organization wants more?
A meeting at a club. An offer. A target: Lewis Winter, a necessary sacrifice that will be only the first step in an all-out war between crime syndicates the likes of which hasn't been seen for decades.
It's easy to kill a man. It's hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. The hard way has consequences.
charge. He has to be seen to be in charge. It doesn’t matter what either of them thinks; their employees and their rivals have to believe that the man they fear most is the man in charge. Perception. PR. You would be amazed how important that is in a trade like this. Being in charge comes with a downside, though. You’re at the top of the tree, where everyone can see you, where so many others want to be. Jamieson can handle that, no problem. Besides, their operation isn’t yet quite big enough to
home,’ Fisher says. ‘Okay,’ the man nods needlessly. Trying to show off how casual and relaxed he is. Trying badly. ‘I want to have a look at your CCTV. The killer may have been here too. We’ll want copies of everything you have from last night. Everything.’ The manager leads him along the corridor to another room, the security room. There are two tiny monitors on a rickety table, and a chair in front of it. That’s the extent of the security room. ‘The footage from last night should be here,’
scared on a job. Sitting at the breakfast table, reading a Sunday newspaper. Flicking through it, looking for the one story that matters. There it is. A little sidebar. No pictures, no big headlines. Man murdered in Glasgow. Killed in his own home. Lewis Winter, forty-four. Killed after a night out. Police looking for information. Suspected links to organized crime. And that’s about the sum of it. Winter’s life and death, reduced to a little side column on page twenty-three. Maybe a hundred
quick succession. Not safe to order two hits in such close proximity anyway, no matter who you use. Tempting to take the next step. Might be wiser to let the other side have a go. Let them make their move. Let them dig themselves in even deeper. If they hit one of our men, it gives us carte blanche. There’s nothing that can’t be justified after you’ve been attacked. Easy to win support amongst other organizations. Let people see that Shug is dangerous. Let the rest of the industry see that Shug
became clearer. Still, they didn’t end up exactly as I had planned, because they never do. You can start out with a beginning, middle, and end in mind, but the book is going to go where it wants to go, and sometimes all you can do is follow. One of the most impressive things about the Glasgow Trilogy is the sheer number of characters you’ve created, each with their own personalities and agendas. Of all the characters in the Glasgow Trilogy, is there one in particular who you most enjoyed