For Those Who Know The Ending

Written by Malcolm Mackay

Review written by Sara Townsend

Sara-Jayne Townsend is a published crime and horror writer and likes books in which someone dies horribly. She is founder and Chair Person of the T Party Writers’ Group. http://sarajaynetownsend.weebly.com/


For Those Who Know The Ending
Pan Macmillan
RRP: £7.99
Released: March 9 2017
PBK

As this book begins we discover Martin, tied up and alone in the dark. Who Martin is, and why he is tied up are gradually revealed over the course of the novel; as are the other characters that have played a part in putting Martin in his current situation.

This novel is set in the dirty underworld of gangland Glasgow. Personally, I found it a hard book to like, as pretty much all of the characters are hardened criminals, unsympathetic and with few redeeming features.

There are two rival gangs involved in the story, and most of the characters are motivated by getting one over on rival gang members while impressing the boss of their gang. All of the male characters, and some of the female characters, are gang members involved in illegal activities of one form or another. A couple of the peripheral female characters are partners of gangsters and not actually involved in the gang activity themselves; but it’s difficult to sympathise with women who have a pretty good idea of where the money their men bring home with comes from [but choose to turn a blind eye].

The backdrop of gangland Glasgow is undoubtedly realistically portrayed and the characters all come across as being three-dimensional and not just cardboard cut-out ‘bad guys’. But it’s hard to care about the loves and life passions of unsympathetic characters who earn a living by engaging in illegal activities.

If you’re a fan of tough gangster novels then you will undoubtedly enjoy this excursion into the dark shadows of the criminal underworld, but some may flinch at times for this book is dark and at times bleak. 

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