William McIlvanney

William McIlvanney

Photo Credit: Ian Atkinson

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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I don’t like questions. They invent the answers. The real answers are discovered, before you even know what the question is

Laidlaw

William McIlvanney