“No wonder he loved it. It danced among its own debris. When Glasgow gave up, the world could call it a day”
Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed. Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw sees in Eck’s cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student. With stubborn integrity, Laidlaw tracks a seam of corruption that runs from the top to the bottom of society.
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“Brilliant … grips like a mangling handshake”
“The good news is that Laidlaw is back”
“A crime trilogy so searing it will burn forever into your memory. McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind”
“The Laidlaw books are not just great crime novels, they are important”
William McIlvanney’s first novel, Remedy is None, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and with Docherty he won the Whitbread Award for Fiction in 1975. 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 in 1992. He died in December 2015.