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“What if you combined crime noir geniuses McIlvanney and Rankin?”

Newspaper, blog or website: New York Journal of Books
Date: Sep 7 2021
URL: https://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/dark-remains-laidlaw

"The evolution of The Dark Remains is highly unusual for the crime fiction field, where an author’s death and incomplete manuscript often leads to completion of the writing by someone less well known, scrambling to climb the ladder.

In this case, the half-written book found after William McIlvanney’s death in 2015 landed in the hands of acknowledged master of Scottish noir, Ian Rankin. McIlvanney’s Laidlaw novels, set in Glasgow, provided fertile ground for Rankin’s own development of the Detective Inspector Rebus investigations, set in Edinburgh.

Now the master, in collecting and completing this work, provides an unusual act of generosity to the dead.”

Read the full review in the New York Journal of Books.

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