Strange Loyalties

William McIlvanney

Strange Loyalties by William McIlvanney (Paperback ISBN 9781838856212) book cover

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19 August 2021

The remarkable conclusion to the Laidlaw series which launched a genre, from the godfather of Scottish crime fiction

THE THIRD IN THE ORIGINAL LAIDLAW TRILOGY

‘The Laidlaw books are not just great crime novels, they are important ones’ Mark Billingham
‘It’s doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney’s Laidlaw’ Ian Rankin

When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. Laidlaw begins an emotional quest through Glasgow’s underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as about the brother he has lost, in a search that leads to a shattering climax.

Acclaimed for its corrosive wit, dark themes and original maverick detective, the Laidlaw trilogy has earned the status of classic crime fiction.


“It’s doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney’s Laidlaw”
Ian Rankin

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“His Laidlaw is an enduring hero with the dry wit and insight to make other literary detectives seem two-dimensional”
Gordon Ferris

“The Laidlaw books are not just great crime novels, they are important ones”
Mark Billingham

“Transfixing”
sunday Times

“He kicked the door open so the likes of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and me could sneak through behind him”
Val Mcdermid


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.

Strange Loyalties is the third book in the Laidlaw Trilogy.