“I don’t like questions. They invent the answers. The real answers are discovered, before you even know what the question is”
WINNER OF THE CWA SILVER DAGGER
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.
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“The Laidlaw books are like fine malt whisky - the pure distilled essence of Scottish crime writing”
“Fastest, first and best, Laidlaw is the melancholy heir to Marlowe. Reads like a breathless scalpel cut through the bloody heart of a city”
“A crime trilogy so searing it will burn forever into your memory. McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind”
“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”
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, while the third in the Laidlaw trilogy, Strange Loyalties, won the Glasgow Herald’s People’s Prize. He died in December 2015.
Laidlaw is the first book in the Laidlaw Trilogy.