The Dark Remains

William McIlvanney & Ian Rankin

The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney, Ian Rankin (Hardback ISBN 9781838854102) book cover

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2 September 2021

In this scorching crime hook-up, number one bestseller Ian Rankin and Scottish crime-writing legend William McIlvanney join forces for the first ever case of DI Laidlaw, Glasgow’s original gritty detective

William McIlvanney changed the face of crime fiction when he created DI Laidlaw, the original brooding Glasgow cop. He wrote three Laidlaw books and, as recently discovered, left one handwritten manuscript tantalisingly unfinished when he passed away in December 2015.

In the early 1980s one young fan, Ian Rankin, took Laidlaw as inspiration for his own detective, John Rebus. Now, Rankin is back to finish what McIlvanney started.

The Dark Remains, the story of Laidlaw’s first case, is written by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin.


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

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

“McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind”
Chris Brookmyre

“Most of us writing crime fiction today are standing on the shoulders of giants. McIlvanney is one such giant”
Mark Billingham

”Praise for Ian Rankin: Ian Rankin is a genius”
Lee Child


William McIlvanney & Ian Rankin

In 1977, William McIlvanney changed the face of crime fiction when he created DI Laidlaw, the soulful Glasgow cop. He wrote three books in the series and left one nearly complete novel, recently discovered. The series inspired several generations of Scottish crime writers who followed.

One young fan, Ian Rankin, took Laidlaw as inspiration for his own antihero, John Rebus. Twenty-four books on, Rankin is back to finish what McIlvanney started.
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