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»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.

„William McIlvanney is flattered but bemused at being lauded as the hard-boiled pioneer of Tartan Noir.“
So Jim Wilson had a little chat with Tartan Noir creator William McIlvanney and they talked about detective fiction, Chandler and a lot more. Read the whole story at