»It is great entertainment, but McIlvanney’s achievement is to transcend the conventions of the crime novel even while he observes them. His two subsequent Laidlaw novels, The Papers of Tony Veitch and Strange Loyalties, will be published by Canongate in the autumn. The trilogy is one of the finest things in modern fiction, in the Chandler and Simenon class.«
William McIlvanney did for Glasgow what Chandler had done for Los Angeles: Allan Massie about the novel Laidlaw, first published in 1977, by William McIlvanney. His review at The Spectator.