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The Quaker Paperback – 1 Feb 2019
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’It's one of those novels that as soon as I finished it, I looked forward to reading it again. Not only did I love the evocative recreation of Glasgow but the characters created were refreshing and surprising. It was such a pleasure to read’ Susan Calman
‘A totally gripping murder mystery, thought provoking but thoroughly entertaining’ NB Magazine
‘Pacy, inventive, assured – and authentic … a story of brilliantly crafted shifts of plot and pace … McIlvanney is a writer with unfolding, developing and substantial gifts’ The Herald
‘Skilfully dovetailed … atmospheric … a solidly crafted and satisfying detective story’ Laura Wilson, Guardian
‘An absolute master of Tartan noir … the corruption of the late Sixties is splendidly evoked, as is DI Duncan McCormack’ Daily Mail
'Atmospheric and arresting, The Quaker reveals 1960s Glasgow in all its lurid shades' Val McDermid
'This is a terrific novel, dark, powerful and beautifully written. I finished it a while ago, but I'm still haunted by the characters and the place' Ann Cleeves
‘The Quaker is one of my favourite reads of the year. A powerhouse of a book with Liam McIlvanney's full lyrical powers on display. Loved it’ Steve Cavanagh
‘Another atmospheric, scary and utterly brilliant book from Liam McIlvanney. Superb’ Adrian McKinty
Praise for Liam McIlvanney:
‘An authentic, atmospheric and ambitious debut’ Val McDermid
‘Gripping, unflinching … McIlvanney has flair and assurance and executes a powerful tale with all the dexterous sensitivity and ballsy swagger the subject is due’ Scotland on Sunday
‘This is a bold, impressive debut’ Daily Telegraph
‘Superb storytelling, a wonderful eye for character, and a passion for dialogue’ Daily Mail
‘McIlvanney tells the story with clarity, terrific dialogue and convincing characters’ The Times
About the Author
Liam McIlvanney was born in Scotland and studied at the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. He has written for numerous publications, including the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. His debut, Burns the Radical, won the Saltire First Book Award, and his most recent book, Where the Dead Men Go, won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. The Quaker won the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year.
He is Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He lives in Dunedin with his wife and four sons.
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For strangers to Glasgow it is simply a gripping novel based loosely on the never caught terror of The Barrowland Ballroom , Bible John. For those like I who were enjoying the 60s in the Dear Green Place it is a time machine taking you back 50 years to the dance halls, pubs, cafes , music and football of that time. I can vouch for the authenticity and painstaking detail . Who else remembers Harry Margolis and his ballroom orchestra, the Magic Stick and the price of a half and a half pint back then.
Against this background is a sordid, multiple rape and murder mystery involving the Glasgow underworld, straight and bent coppers and a dedicated , clever D I McCormack a highlander who himself is not all that he seems. The dialogue is fast, funny and true to the time. There are more than a few twists and surprises as the investigation proceeds. Is the perpetrator brought to justice or like the Bible John murders never solved? Don't let me spoil it for you, buy it and enjoy it as much as I did.