Laidlaw AUTHOR William McIlvanney kindle Ô 280 pages

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Laidlaw AUTHOR William McIlvanney kindle Ô 280 pages ↠ The unorthodox complex sardonically humorous intriguing policeman Jack Laidlaw makes his debut in an engrossing tale of murder In Glasgow the city with the worst slums in Europe a city of hard men powerful villains bitter victims and cynical policemen Laidlaw uses unconveIn an engrossing tale of murder In Glasgow the city with the worst slums in Europe a city of ha Brilliant writing I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book Highly recommend

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Rd men powerful villains bitter victims and cynical policemen Laidlaw uses unconventional metho Jack Laidlaw #1Set in Glasgow in the 1970'sA girl has been murdered in Kelvingrove park They know who the killer is theynjust need to find him But they are ot the only ones looking for the killer Thenfictims father wants to deal out his own justice and involves Glasgows underworld Laidlaw is partnered with new recruit DC Harkness DI Jack Laidlaw is misunderstood by his colleagues He does not like DI Milligan He doesn't really like authority There is Glasgow dialogue which I always like when an author uses the dialogue from the area they are writing about It makes it realistic I liked the authors writing style This is a dark and gripping read that also has some dark humor It's action packed and full of twistsI would like to thank NetGalley Cannongate and the author William Mcilvanney for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

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Laidlaw AUTHOR William McIlvannThe unorthodox complex sardonically humorous intriguing policeman Jack Laidlaw makes his debut There was an occasion many years ago when cutting a long story short I found myself in a pub in the East End of Glasgow regarded as the less salubrious part of that city The night before a man had been shot whilst sitting in a stationary car in the same locality in what looked like a gangland style killing There was a TV in the pub and a newsreader was covering the story ending the report with the words “Police have yet to confirm the identity of the victim” This prompted a burst of laughter from the locals one of whom shouted “Aye well WE know who he is”I mention that story because it very much describes the sort of setting William McIlvanney provides for this dark 1977 novel which can be described as that rarest of beasts a crime novel written in literary style It’s loved by Scotland’s literary establishment which to be honest made me a little sceptical of it I was won over though mainly by the elouent writing The author’s creation DI Jack Laidlaw investigates the murder of an 18 year old girl The reader is told the identity of the killer at the outset and the plot is based on the idea that the Police are not the only ones trying to find him Two local gangsters are also trying to do so each for their own reasons Laidlaw delves into the city’s menacing underworld which is vividly portrayedThere’s so much going on that it’s difficult to write a coherent review Laidlaw is a depressive who suffers from migraines and who is defensive about his personal life He has a philosophical bent prone to analysing everyone and everything around him Most novels in this category tend to offer good guys and bad guys McIlvanney refuses to offer the reader that comfortable choice The character in the book who receives the most negative portrayal and the most enmity from Laidlaw is one of his fellow policemen That character is someone who divides the world into good and evil and Laidlaw detests him for thatGlasgow itself is a significant backdrop and when McIlvanney introduces a location he usually does so in a way that has meaning for those who know the city Having that knowledge adds to the experience of reading the book Some books can be enhanced by a top class narrator but in this case I would recommend the written word over the audiobook It’s narrated by the author but he’s not a professional at this and makes mistakes At one point a voice even breaks in to tell McIlvanney he’s made a mistake and he has to repeat the previous sentence he responds with an affecting “Oh my” by way of an apologyOne feature is the extent to which the perspective switches At some point we see the world through the eyes of almost every character It’s extremely effective and some of the scenes are very powerful one in particular when family and neighbours gather in the house of the victim men in one room women in another One of those books I’d always been curious about I’m glad that I took the decision to read it