The Papers of Tony Veitch

William McIlvanney

The Papers of Tony Veitch by William McIlvanney (Paperback ISBN 9781838856229) book cover

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The CWA Silver Dagger-winning masterpiece from the godfather of Scottish crime fiction

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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”
Val Mcdermid

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“The pure distilled essence of Scottish crime writing”
Peter May

“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”
Ian Rankin

“In a class of his own”

William McIlvanney

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.