Laidlaw (Paperback)

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"If you can write one of these a year you will become a millionaire." This was the career advice given William McIlvanney back in the '70s as he wrote the Scottish noir trilogy that would become his masterpiece. Of course, what would any right-thinking Scotsman do with such advice? Why, set aside mystery writing and become a poet, of course! Long hailed, by the likes of Ian Rankin, as an underground classic, Laidlaw is poised now to reclaim its masterpiece status. 'Literary mystery' does it no justice, so let's just call it this: flat out amazing.

— Brad J.

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Book One in the Laidlaw Trilogy

"Laidlaw...'is not just an inspector of crime; he's an inspector of society.'"--Allan Massie, "The Father of 'Tartan Noir'," Wall Street Journal

Introducing Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective.

The Laidlaw novels, a groundbreaking trilogy that changed the face of Scottish fiction, are credited with being the founding books of the Tartan Noir movement that includes authors like Val McDermid, Denise Mina, and Ian Rankin. Says McDermid of William McIlvanney: "Patricia Highsmith had taken us inside the head of killers; Ruth Rendell tentatively explored sexuality; with No Mean City, Alexander McArthur had exposed Glasgow to the world; Raymond Chandler had dressed the darkness in clever words. But nobody had ever smashed those elements together into so accomplished a synthesis."

In Laidlaw, the first book of the seies, readers meet Jack Laidlaw, a hard-drinking philosopher-detective whose tough exterior cloaks a rich humanity and keen intelligence. Laidlaw's investigation into the murder of a young woman brings him into conflict with Glasgow's hard men, its gangland villians, and the moneyed thugs who control the city. As the gangsters running Glasgow race Laidlaw for the discovery of the young woman's killer, a sense of dangerous betrayal infests the city that only Laidlaw can erase.

About the Author


William McIlvanney is widely credited as the founder the Tartan Noir movement that includes authors such as Denise Mina, Ian Banks, and Val McDermid, all of whom cite him as an influence and inspiration. McIlvanney's Laidlaw trilogy "changed the face of Scottish fiction" (The Times of London), his Docherty won the Whitbread Award for Fiction, and his Laidlaw and The Papers of Tony Veitch both gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association. Strange Loyalties won the Glasgow Herald's People's Prize.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781609452018
ISBN-10: 1609452011
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Laidlaw Trilogy