Thursday, December 10, 2015
Review of Lennox by Craig Russell (2009, Quercus)
Lennox is a gritty PI tale set in Glasgow not long after the end of the Second World War. Naturally cynical, hardened by the war and tenacious, Lennox is well able to look after himself on the tough streets of the Scottish city, offering services to shady characters, including the three kings, the rival leaders of the main three gangs. Russell tells the tale of Lennox’s attempt to solve the murders of the McGahern twins in a first person voice that is genuinely engaging and brings 1950s Glasgow to life. Moreover, the plot rattles along a jaunty pace, with plenty of action, tension, and twists and turns. The story is all a little far-fetched, especially the denouement, but it little matters as it’s a rip-roaring read. Overall, an entertaining tale that introduces a tough-guy, wise-cracking PI who has some depth and substance.