Laidlaw (Laidlaw 1)

William McIlvanney

I don’t like questions. They invent the answers. The real answers are discovered, before you even know what the question is
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The godfather of Scottish crime is back with a vengeance

Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. When a young woman is found brutally murdered in Kelvingrove Park, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the hard men, gangland villains and self-made moneymen who lurk in the city’s shadows.WINNER OF THE CWA SILVER DAGGER


“Glittering”
Val Mcdermid

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“The Laidlaw books are like fine malt whisky - the pure distilled essence of Scottish crime writing”
Peter May

“Fastest, first and best, Laidlaw is the melancholy heir to Marlowe. Reads like a breathless scalpel cut through the bloody heart of a city”
Denise Mina

“A crime trilogy so searing it will burn forever into your memory. McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind”
Christopher Brookmyre

“It’s doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney’s Laidlaw. Here was a literary novelist turning his hand to the urban, contemporary crime novel and proving that the form could tackle big moral concerns and social issues”
Ian Rankin


William McIlvanney

William McIlvanney’s first novel, Remedy is None, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and with Docherty he won the Whitbread Award for Fiction. Laidlaw and The Papers of Tony Veitch both gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers’ Association. Strange Loyalties, the third in the Detective Laidlaw trilogy, won the Glasgow Herald’s People’s Prize. McIlvanney died in December 2015.