Thursday, October 31, 2013
Review of The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay (Pan, 2013)
I’ve read a number of positive reviews of The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter so I thought I’d give it a go. The story focuses on MacLean’s life as a hitman, setting out his observations as to what makes a successful career, his worries about being drawn into an organisation rather than operating as a freelance, and the lead up and aftermath of killing Lewis Winter. The tale has its moments and the almost documentary style narrative is an interesting approach. However, sometimes a book clicks for a reader and other times it doesn’t and I never really warmed to the story. Mackay’s writing voice felt too detached, there was no sense of place and story could have been happening anywhere, and I never built an emotional connection to the characters or the tale. As a consequence, although the book has it merits it unfortunately left me a little cold.