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Depeschen mit dem Leitwort Laidlaw

  • Ask Not by Max Allan Collins
  • Under the Eye of God by Jerome Charyn
  • Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliot Chaze
  • Snitch World by Jim Nisbet
  • Others of My Kind by James Sallis
  • The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell
  • 3 Steps to Hell by Arnold Hano
  • Dead Lions by Mick Herron
  • Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives ed. by Sarah Weinman
  • Laidlaw by William McIlvanney

The king of noir Woody Haut picks the best of 2013. His list and other favorites you will find at Los Angeles Review of Books.

»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.«

Allan Massie

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.

  • City of Blood by MD Villiers
  • Sea of Innocence by Kishwar Desai
  • Laidlaw by William McIlvanney
  • Natural Causes by James Oswald
  • The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham

Crime fiction roundup: Laura Wilson about new books by MD Villiers, Kishwar Desai, William McIlvanney, James Oswald and Mark Billingham. Her view at The Guardian.