The CWA Silver Dagger-winning masterpiece from the godfather of Scottish crime fiction
THE SECOND IN THE ORIGINAL LAIDLAW TRILOGY. WINNER OF THE CWA SILVER DAGGER.
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‘In a class of his own’ Guardian
‘Reads like a breathless scalpel through the bloody heart of a great city’ Denise Mina
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.
Acclaimed for its corrosive wit, dark themes and original maverick detective, the Laidlaw trilogy has earned the status of classic crime fiction.
“A bloody good read”
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“The pure distilled essence of Scottish crime writing”
“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”
“In a class of his own”
William McIlvanney is the author of the award-winning Laidlaw trilogy, featuring Glasgow’s original maverick detective. Both Laidlaw and The Papers of Tony Veitch gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers’ Association, while the third in the series, Strange Loyalties, won the Glasgow Herald’s People’s Prize. He died in December 2015.
The Papers of Tony Veitch is the second book in the Laidlaw Trilogy.