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Russell, Craig - 'Dead Men and Broken Hearts'
Hardback: 320 pages (June 2012) Publisher: Quercus ISBN: 0857381849

Glasgow in 1956. Private Investigator Canadian born Lennox has problems with his personal life. His lover is his landlady Fiona White and she appears to be unhappy with him. His work however is busy. First he is approached by a wife who suspects her husband is having an affair. Then Union officials from the Amalgamated Union of Industrial Trades approach him to find a missing Union official who has absconded with Union money.

Lennox has had dealings in the past with criminal bosses known as the Three Kings. He relies on an ex-policeman Archie McClelland who now works for him, as well as a not too bright man mountain named Twinkletoes McBride! Lennox is on friendly terms with Detective Chief Inspector Jock Ferguson and as the two cases collide he has good reason to value that friendship. The word "Tanglewood" is about to have dreaded significance for Lennox.

DEAD MEN AND BROKEN HEARTS is the fourth in the Lennox series and is fast paced, with plenty of action; an intelligent thriller. The research and detail in placing a story 50 years ago is very impressive. I learnt a good deal about the Hungarian uprising and some illuminating background. The Suez canal crisis was on going at the same time. Also some detail revealed on Scottish history was very interesting.

The author has been a policeman and freelance writer before becoming a full time novelist. I will definitely read more by this excellent author, starting with his first book in the series LENNOX.

Very highly recommended.

Geoff Jones, England
July 2012

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