Book Review: Laidlaw by William McIlvanney

Written in 1977, this crime novel takes you lickety-split
to Glasgow where you’ll spend about three nights with
Detective Inspector Jack Laidlaw and his naive assistant,
Harkness, as they hunt down the murderer of a young girl
in the city.


The only way you’d want to meet most of the characters
in the book is on the printed page—but these are the guys
that Laidlaw needs to meet in order to solve the crime.  It’s
supposed to be Glasgow in the 70s, and I’m sure it’s all
changed by now—thanks to police work by the likes of

He has trouble relating to his superior, Milligan, and
prefers his own singular ways of tracking down clues–
and comes up with solutions that mirror his skill, his
wit and his compassion.

It’s a gritty crime novel that will have you in the dark
streets and alleys of Glasgow–being glad to tuck in to
your own bed at night.  But, it’s a page-turner and a
good romp.  You’ll understand why McIlvanney is an
award winner.  Two more books follow this first in the
Laidlaw series.

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4 Responses to Book Review: Laidlaw by William McIlvanney

  1. WORDMAN says:

    Never heard of McIlvanney before. I may just give him a try. Thanks.

  2. FictionFan says:

    Glad you enjoyed it and…haha! Yes! It’s all different now… 😉 Just stay away from the gangsters and crimelords and you’ll be fine…

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