Introducing Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. In Laidlaw, the first book in a groundbreaking crime fiction trilogy, we meet Jack Laidlaw, a hard-drinking philosopher-detective whose tough exterior masks a rich humanity and a keen intelligence. Laidlaw’s investigation into the murder of a young woman brings him into conflict with Glasgow’s hard men, its gangland villains, and the moneyed thugs who control the city.
“It’s doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney’s Laidlaw.” —Ian Rankin, author of the Rebus novels
William McIlvanney is credited with being the founder of “Tartan Noir,” the school of mystery writing that includes authors such as Denise Mina, Ian Rankin, and Val McDermid, all of whom cite him as an influence and an inspiration. The Laidlaw trilogy changed the face of Scottish fiction. His novel Docherty won the Whitbread Award for Fiction. Laidlaw and The Papers of Tony Veitch both gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers’ Association.