The Night the Rich Men Burned

The Night the Rich Men Burned Malcolm Mackay has created his own world The Sunday Times UK A sharp edged morality play delivered with the relentless intensity of machine gunfire Library Journal Oliver Peterkinney and Alex Glass t

  • Title: The Night the Rich Men Burned
  • Author: Malcolm Mackay
  • ISBN: 9780316271769
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Malcolm Mackay has created his own world The Sunday Times UK A sharp edged morality play delivered with the relentless intensity of machine gunfire Library Journal Oliver Peterkinney and Alex Glass, two friends from Glasgow s desperate fringes, become involved in one of the city s darkest and most dangerous trades debt collection While one rises quickly through Malcolm Mackay has created his own world The Sunday Times UK A sharp edged morality play delivered with the relentless intensity of machine gunfire Library Journal Oliver Peterkinney and Alex Glass, two friends from Glasgow s desperate fringes, become involved in one of the city s darkest and most dangerous trades debt collection While one rises quickly through the ranks, the other falls prey to the industry s addictive lifestyle, accumulating steep debts of his own.Meanwhile, the three most powerful rivals in the business Marty Jones, ruthless pimp Potty Cruickshank, member of the old guard and Billy Patterson, brutal newcomer vie for prominence And now Peterkinney, young and darkly ambitious, is beginning to make himself known.Before long, violence will spill out onto the streets, as those at the top make deadly attempts to out maneuver one another for a bigger share of the spoils Peterkinney and Glass will find themselves at the very center of this war as the pressure builds, each will find their actions and in actions coming back to haunt them But it is those they love who will suffer most .The Night the Rich Men Burned is a novel for our times, and Mackay s most ambitious work to date, proving that in Glasgow s criminal underworld, there s nothing so terrifying as money.

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    1. I won this book as a giveaway, but did not affect my opinion.This is the story of two young thugs in the Glasgow underworld: Alex Glass and Oliver Peterkinney, who are on diverging paths. Alex falls in love with a party girl (prostitute) and cannot find steady work, while Oliver's quiet but firm personality allows him to find jobs and start his own nefarious business as a lender/collector (although there is no explanation as to how he gets the necessary money.) Underlying their stories is a bat [...]

    2. The Night The Rich Men Burned is Mackay’s first standalone project, although marked by the familiar character list, there are sporadic mentions/re-introductions of familiar figures the former Glasgow trilogy comprising of The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, How A Gunman Says Goodbye and The Sudden Arrival of Violence. This novel put me in mind of a kind of twisted Bildungsroman, as it is heavily centred on the adverse fortunes of two young men, Oliver Peterkinney and Alex Glass. Both are pavi [...]

    3. Back-stabbing and violent power plays in the world of Scottish usury. Mackay writes in an Ellroy-esque fashion, with clipped, compressed prose. A harsh, at times vivid, but conventional tale of Glaswegian thuggery.

    4. The Night The Rich Men Burned – Brilliant Scottish thriller writer Malcolm Mackay has written a brilliant new novel based in the deep dark underbelly of Glasgow, The Night The Rich Men Burned. This book was written with ambition to be something different than the usual police procedural thriller narrated so that we see the brutality of the underworld and it delivers on all levels.Oliver Peterkinney and Alex Glass are two teenage friends and have been for years, they are unemployed and dreaming [...]

    5. I read Malcolm Mackay's first novel, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, which was really fresh and distinctive. With his latest, The Night the Rich Men Burned, the author shows growing confidence in creating a broader Glasgow story with a bigger cast of characters. He pulls this off superbly.Such is line-up of criminals and scufflers in the novel that a five-page Who's Who is provided as a prompt for readers. Personally, I didn't find this necessary, so well depicted are the figures in this ga [...]

    6. It's gritty and awfully complicated. It starts with a list - a bit over four pages - of thumbnail descriptions of the players in Glasgow's debt collection and enforcement scene. Unfortunately, I found it, most of the time, more complicated than interesting. The turf wars and the treachery are never ending and they induce fatigue rather than tension.Mackay's description of the low to mid level crime scene is depressingly believable. The four main characters - Oliver Peterkinney, Alex Glass, his g [...]

    7. This standalone book is an effective if somewhat clinical followup to Mackay's excellent Glasgow trilogy. I say "clinical" because it often reads like an anthropologist's field notes from studying the criminal tribe that are the moneylenders and debt collectors of Glasgow. The motivations, calculations, and decisions of seven main characters, and more than thirty supporting characters (some of whom appear in the Glasgow trilogy) are tersely laid out over the course of several months of a power s [...]

    8. I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway but it was a DNF. I couldn't connect with the story at all. There were way too many characters and I couldn't keep up with who was who or why they were there, even with the 4 pages of character descriptions in the beginning of the book. I thought that maybe this book would have been intriguing or interesting but it just wasn't. It seemed that really nothing was happening and crime was only hinted at, not really displayed in a visceral or compelli [...]

    9. This follows on from the Glasgow trilogy and has many of the same characters involved. Same gritty quality but focuses on two young men -Peterkinney and Glass-who start out on the fringes of the criminal world. Their paths diverge though and they both follow a differing course into the life. Have enjoyed these books and the world they portray. A little bleak and depressing but, I guess, that is the way it is.

    10. Wow! This is a dark, intense thriller framed around the loan collection gangs in Glasgow. It centers around two young men struggling to find work and it spirals into the violent and destructive paths their lives take when they enter that trade. It is dispassionately written with a sense of harsh reality. Not an easy book to read but a real page turner.I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.

    11. When the Washington Post reviewed The Night the Rich Men Burned, the reviewer wrote, "[i]t's been a long time since so many pages went by so fast." I can't think of a better way to express what an exciting story this was. The only complaint I have is that the ending left unanswered issues and events that I think should have been concluded.But, that is what makes a book good and compelling, isn't it? Leaving the reader to wonder, what the hell just happened.

    12. A gritty story about the Glasgow underworld, this novel follows the rise of young Oliver Peterkinney through the underbelly of the debt collection business. Throughout the story, you are exposed to the other players/rivals in his world as they experience highs, lows, and heartbreak through their business deals and bad decisions.

    13. I was frustrated with the author's writing style. The plot is intriguing and kept me turning the pages, but the writing is so choppy. There are too many 3 or 4 word sentences in this book I found the rhythm of the writing to be a hindrance.

    14. True to story line started in The Glasgow Trilogy without repetition or rehashing of past events. New characters mix with the old and move to foreground of world we know from earlier tales. Same writing style of allowing readers knowledge of each character's thought process.

    15. The Night The Rich Men burned is a good book, a underworld of debt collectors and a thriller that keeps you entertained and on edge through it , Mackay again writes a book that keeps you interested to the very end Loved this book.

    16. DNF. This was an attempt at the type of hard-boiled Euro-gangster stories that Guy Ritchie is known for in his films. The first indication that this book would not live up to my expectations was the unnecessary four page character description that served as a prologue to the book. Unless this is a play or a novel by a Russian master there should be exactly zero pages dedicated to a "Cast of Characters" breakdown. There were way too many characters, for starters, and the author made the mistake o [...]

    17. I won a copy through a giveaway.At first I thought that the character list in the front was handy. Then I realized that seemed to be the only proper introduction to anyone. I spent more time checking who was who than I did actually reading. My to-read pile is too large to waste more time on something that is too confusing.

    18. Excellent story. Great cast of characters who pull you into the story. Enjoyed it from start to finish. Kept saying to myself I will read just a bit more - very hard to put down. Crazy sad ending. I won this book in a Giveaway.

    19. This is a novel about the criminal underworld in Glasgow. Although there are all manner of low lifes, party girls, drug dealers and gun runners, the primary focus is on the parasitic relationships between the usurious lenders and the collectors who buy the outrageously growing debts at a discount. Its win-win financially for everyone except the poor fool borrowers. The underworld consists of groups of established enterprises who protect the smaller players for a regular piece of the pie. Everyon [...]

    20. My review was published on the Library Journal website on 5/20/16:Scottish author Mackay achieved international notice for his award-winning trilogy about the Glasgow underworld (The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter,; How a Gunman Says Goodbye; The Sudden Arrival of Violence). His follow-up offers more of the same, a sharp-edged morality play delivered with the relentless intensity of machine gunfire. When two young friends hard up for work, Alex Glass and Oliver Peterkinney, turn to the violent [...]

    21. This was my first experience of Malcolm Mackay, an author who has, in the last couple of years, made his name with a particular strain of crime fiction – terse, grim dispatches of the power struggles of criminal empires in Glasgow. This is billed as Mackay’s first standalone novel, so a good jumping point - although I see his next book picks up from a key event that takes place at the end of this one. “The Night the Rich Men Burned” is forensic in its account of the mixed fortunes of two [...]

    22. I loved Mackay's Glasgow Trilogy. In many ways this is more of the same. The format works so well for him so why fix it? The tough underworld setting, the gritty characters, the snappy prose. In fact, it could almost be book four in the series. The publisher calls it a 'new standalone novel' and, to be fair, the main characters are new, but this book picks up the carnage left behind - in The Sudden Arrival of Violence - with many familiar characters mentioned. It's Mackay's longest book to date [...]

    23. I've already read the original Glasgow trilogy, and this quite easily fits in with the earlier books. Set in the same time period, and with appearance occasionally of characters from the earlier books, it's all very familiar. But as the saying goes, why change a winning formula. This time, rather than being at the top end as a hitman, we follow two young boys trying to break into the crime industry, the Debt collection side to be accurate. One, Alex Glass, discovers that the criminal life is not [...]

    24. This one is billed as a standalone but is really a continuation of the previous trilogy as it is set in the same place and has many of the same characters - it just introduces some new ones as the main characters. If you liked the trilogy, you will love this one too as it is more of the same, but also builds up to a great ending !Went to see Malcolm Mackay and Ragnar Jonasson at the Edinburgh Book Festival on Wednesday night so I now have a signed copy of the next book Every Night I Dream of Hel [...]

    25. This is Mackay's first book since the end of his Glasgow Trilogy, but it's set in the same world and connects to some of the same characters in much the same way James Ellroy uses LA and the LAPD as his canvas. The Night is a conventional tale at heart, a story of two friends becoming part of the criminal world with very different outcomes, but Mackay's characterisation, punchy prose and ear for dialogue keep it feeling taut and fresh.

    26. I love the intricate soap opera of Glasglow's underworld, I love the omniscient third-person narration that makes me feel like I'm learning important information about how to build a criminal empire, but most importantly, I love the heartbreaking relationship between Alex Glass and Oliver Peterkinney, two young, naive men who are broken by their ambition, their notions of masculinity, and the uncaring world they were born into.

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