The Night the Rich Men Burned


By Malcolm Mackay

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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 outmaneuver 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 inactions — 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.

“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

  • "Don't pick up a Mackay book unless you've got spare time. They're habit-forming."
    Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • "A bracing taste of Tartan Noir . . . A powerful morality tale . . . [Mackay] delves deeply into the psyches of his characters."
    Margie Romero, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • "Mackay's devilishly intricate storylines ultimately converge with lethal force."
    Vick Mickunas, Dayton Daily News
  • "A sharp-edged morality play delivered with the relentless intensity of machine gunfire"
    Library Journal

    "It's been a long time since so many pages went by so fast.... Mackay is a natural storyteller.... Surprisingly rewarding ... a thriller trilogy that thrills."
    Dennis Drabelle, The Washington Post
  • "Malcolm Mackay has created his own world."
    The Sunday Times [UK]

On Sale
May 3, 2016
Page Count
352 pages
Mulholland Books

Malcolm Mackay

About the Author

Malcolm Mackay’s novels have been nominated for the Edgar Awards’ Best Paperback Original, the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, and the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. How a Gunman Says Goodbye won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award. Mackay was born in Stornoway on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis, where he still lives.

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