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A Gripping and Pacey Story of the Glaswegian Underworld.,
This review is from: Laidlaw (Laidlaw 1) (Laidlaw Trilogy) (Paperback)
I agree entirely with the positive comments on the cover of this crime novel, it certainly does set a stunningly high standard and is the essence of Scottish crime writing and an inspiration to the likes of Ian Rankin who followed in the footsteps of McIlvanney.
The first in a trilogy of crime novels centred on the difficult and complex character of Detective Inspector Laidlaw working in the sub culture of a violent and dangerous Glasgow, this set the standard for others to follow. The book features a number of hard characters and carefully places them in true locations in the city of Glasgow. McIlvanney has recourse to Glaswegian vernacular but this should not put off potential non-Glaswegian readers; the dialect is sparing and easily understandable and does not in any way slow the action.
A multifaceted story involving different strands but always interesting and fast paced and very well constructed and written. William McIlvanney is a master of this particular robust, male dominated, genre. An excellent read, highly recommended to all those who like their crime fiction intelligent but hard boiled.