Thursday, June 15, 2017

Every Night I Dream of Hell

Every Night I Dream of Hell by Malcolm Mackay, 291 pages.

I read the Glasgow trilogy last year, and they were very good. Apparently, Mackay has continued writing and is still doing a good job of it. There's been a book between this one and The Sudden Arrival of Violence, but the criminal organization that Peter Jamieson and John Young had run before they went to prison is still in disarray. Jamieson himself calls Nate Colgan, a brutal man who used to be an independent, and asks him to take over security for what remains of the organization. Colgan doesn't like the idea, but feels that his choices are limited. As with the other Mackay novels, Every Night is a grim book, with violent unhappy characters, that is, nevertheless, a fast-paced, well-written, and captivating novel. Mackay is a very good writer, and his latest book is the equal to any he's written. Fans of hard-boiled crime novels will enjoy. Reminiscent in tone of the Richard Stark novels featuring Parker.

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