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The Long Glasgow Kiss (Lennox #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  376 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Glasgow in the 1950s - not somewhere you'd choose to be unless you were born to it. Yet Lennox, a private investigator, finds it oddly congenial. Lennox is a man balanced between the law and those who break it - a dangerous place where only the toughest and most ruthless survive. Glasgow bookie and greyhound breeder, Jimmy 'Small Change' MacFarlane, runs one of the biggest ...more
Unknown Binding, 320 pages
Published July 16th 2010 (first published January 1st 2010)
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Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable thriller set in Glasgow, where I worked for several years while living in a village within the beautiful countryside, beyond Blanefield mentioned in the text. The narrative is interspersed with much clever humour, some of which requires local experience to fully understand, so this increased my appreciation of the vernacular used.
For those who may not know ‘The Long Glasgow Kiss’ is not a romantic encounter, but rather the local euphemism for a head butt in the criminal wo
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Though the setting (time and place) of the Lennox series is very appealing, with a witty and engaging narration by a central character who is likeable and witty despite bending the law, I do feel that there is a certain limitation to the series - this felt very similar to the other book in the series that I had read - gangsters and dodgy deals and missing people and violence, set in 1950s Glasgow, told in 1930s American style.

It was an entertaining and pacy read, a cut above many other Tartan N
Mark McVay
Enjoyable second outing for Lennox. Love the fifties Glasgow setting, even if it doesn't paint too pretty a picture.
Graham Fi
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the Lennox series
THE LONG GLASGOW KISS is the second book from Craig Russell featuring Lennox, Canadian raised, returned soldier, Private Investigator who dances a fine line between the law and the gangsters. Glasgow in the 1950's is controlled by the Three Kings, dangerous men who have divided up the spoils of organised crime and negotiated a sort of working relationship. It goes without saying that they don't trust each other, and Lennox often finds himself caught up in the middle. But Lennox is one of those l ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Transatlantic style PI yarn is transposed onto post-war Glasgow via the offices of former Canadian soldier Lennox. Author Craig Russell has all the ingredients for a fast-moving yarn told by his fast-talking protagonist. And it works. Not perfectly at times (our hero can be a bit glib and some of the characters are sacrificed to stereotype) but it’s a likeable enough tale that maintains both tempo and interest. My only other encounter with Russell was one of his Jan Fabel novels (which I enjoyed ...more
The Long Glasgow Kiss is set in the 1950s and brings about the feel of a gangster kind of story with the usual threats of physical harm if certain rules and requests are not adhered to. Lennox is a private investigator in Glasgow, not quite aboveboard but delivers results. Lennox’s current case is one of murder, murder of his not-quite-girlfriend’s father, a bookie named Jimmy ‘Small Change’ MacFarlane. The night of the murder Lennox was with Small Change’s daughter Lorna, ruling himself out of ...more
João  Jorge
If youre a fan of the genre, then this is “THE” book for you. A tough PI, with a smart mouth, irresistible for the ladies and his own moral code. Sure, theres a lot of inspiration here from the “giants” of the genre and maybe theres not that much originality except using Scotland as the setting, but the overall package is amazingly entertaining if you, like me, go crazy for this sort of story.
Its a shame theres no “femme fatale” in this second Lennox book, but you have a perfectly muddled and t
Rob Kitchin
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Long Glasgow Kiss is the second book in the Lennox series. Russell transplants the PI genre across the pond and adapts it for 1950s Glasgow to good effect. It helps that Lennox is Canadian, with his street-smarts and fighting skills honed through some of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War and black market in peace time. As an outsider he can operate across sectarian and criminal territories and he can hold his own in a tight spot, and he can occupy the traditional genre figure tha ...more
Bill Breckenridge
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
The setting, the city I was born in, Glasgow, written by someone who lives in the area that I live in, Fife, and a genre I'm using for general research how could I resist. Yet, the story didn't work for me. I did warm to the story a little as it moved along but aspects of the writng jarred with me throughout. The naming of characters such as 'Small Change' MacFarlane', (I know names like these do exist),I found clichéd and irritating. The humour throughout the book, much of which consisted of ob ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Russell is a good story teller but I just couldn't get over how he generalised people from different places.

Maybe it was like that in the 1950's but it most certainly isn't now.

In the book, Glaswegians are all hardened alcoholics or drug addicts while Highlanders are all incredibly dim witted creatures.

I'm from the Highlands and now live in Glasgow. I love this city and I love my roots... I also find Glaswegians to be friendly and hospitable. Though I do have experience of living in the slummies
Bev Taylor
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
glasgow in the 1950s - a tough city at a tough time

lennox is a p.i. keeping a low profile.

macfarlane is a shady bookie and is found beaten to death and lennox is a suspect. but he has an alibi.

it turns out that macfarlane was into some seriously dodgy stuff, including fixing fights - both bare knuckle and legal

lennox does some work on the side for the 3 kings - the lords of 3 separate gangs in the city. one of them, sneddon, wants lennox involved and he cannot say no.

separate to this is the
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
The bleak dark violent atmosphere of the eponymous first book,'Lennox',seeps it's way into this follow-up- and it's great! Grubby, earthy and once again peopled with a shady bunch of characters, Russell perfectly evokes the look and feel of Glasgow among it's seedier elements. The dry wit that ran through the first continues with perfectly placed examples of the Glasgow vernacular pitched against Lennox, our laconic wise-cracking Canadian hero- a series that will run and run and with an ending t ...more
Lennox is an ex-Canadian soldier who has ended up in Glasgow after the second World War. He's now a private eye and often does rather shady work for the criminal element in Glasgow.
In this story, he's looking into two mysteries--one, a missing young man who may have been involved in some shady dealings. The other job is looking into what looks like intimidation of a fighter one of the "kings" of Glasgow's underworld has an interest in.
This is a well-written, atmospheric story with a great sense
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Set in 1950's Glasgow, this is another offering from Russell which lives up to expectations. Plenty of (almost) believable Glasgow gangsters, slashings with the odd razor and suspense as the plot works through the dark underbelly of the second city of Empire. The Glasgow in this series of thrillers is not the Dear Green Place but rather a city of brutality and greeds which leaves one glad that one lives elsewhere. Lennox writes well and provides readers with a decent thriller. However, I wonder ...more
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glasgow in the 1950s - and how well the scene is set, even though every car reference passes me by. Lennox is a corkscrew* of a man, though straightening himself out gradually, despite the twists of these parallel investigations, the analogies and asides are minor jewels and I shall long remember Twinkletoes' description of his ideal woman.
I've another one to read but shall savour it for a bit.

* slightly over-used to express crookedness
Matt Hamilton
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good, solid Glasgow / Canadian private eye missing person tale. Nice touches of humour scattered about the whole piece, including some good Glasweigan bits and pieces, giving the book a firm sense of character. The black sooty buildings, fogs and sense of simmering violence make an ideal backdrop for a noir novel and Russell uses his setting to the max. Very good without being a classic, a good read for crime fans.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Como siempre sucede con los libros de Craig russell al principio cuesta un poco es como se te hace algo largo, pero a medida que vas pasando te vas involucrando más en la historia, vas pasando las páginas con una facilidad pasmosa tanto que no crees que al principio te costase leer.

Me gustó y bastante.
Callum Clement
This was a good story...I mean, really good. But! Let down by poor, almost sloppy writing. Stereotyped stock characters, anachronistic dialogue (see Tony the Pole's characterisation for a prime example). All this detracted from what was a really good story. Good tale, well plotted, very poorly, lazily executed.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books, read-in-2014
I liked this as much as the first one. There are things pretty obvious since the beginning but the author tells the story very well so I didn't mind. I like how Lennox evolves and his inner conflicts.
Cindy Kiro
Sep 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Good read. Well written with a more than normal interesting character and few twists. Set in 1950s Glasgow, it evokes the grime of that time. Didn't match the hyped review I heard on Radio NZ, but way better than the average crime novel with the Canadian Scottish protagonist.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Russell es un puñetero mago. Consigue crear tramas complejas, con un montón de subtramas y recovecos y que todo case a la perfección al final. No solo está increíblemente bien escrito, es que la historia es buenísima y te atrapa desde la primera página.
Maggie White
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book once I got used to the style. Craig Russell obviously has knowledge of the law and the underworld and put both to good use in this crime thriller about Glasgow in the 1950s. His private eye, Lennox, is very believable in his toughness and fragility. Well worth a read.
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining follow up to Lennox, some very interesting recurring characters with a very interesting setting - 1950's Glasgow. This story has Lennox in a very intricate investigation which is well put together by the author.
Alex Harris
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Eh. Fleh. Meh. \_(ツ)_/ ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Very good, lots of action.
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
enjoyed this book as much as his first one
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another entertaining crime tale of 1950s Glasgow.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
very funny and interesting
Susan Hutchinson
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like it
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Craig Russell was born in 1956, in Fife, Scotland. He served as a police officer and worked in the advertising company as a copywriter and creative director. Russell had a long standing interest in the German language and in post war German history and society. He has been
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