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The Dark Remains

#4 Laidlaw

Ian Rankin William McIlvanney

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01 September 2021
Series: Laidlaw
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'Fantastic - like witnessing Scottish noir's Big Bang creation in the company of its greatest living Maradona and Messi playing in the same team.' - LEE CHILD Lawyer Bobby Carter did a lot of work for the wrong type of people. Now he's dead and it was no accident. Besides a distraught family and a heap of powerful friends, Carter's left behind his share of enemies. So, who dealt the fatal blow?

DC Jack Laidlaw's reputation precedes him. He's not a team player, but he's got a sixth sense for what's happening on the streets. His boss chalks the violence up to the usual rivalries, but is it that simple? As two Glasgow gangs go to war, Laidlaw needs to find out who got Carter before the whole city explodes.

William McIlvanney's Laidlaw books changed the face of crime fiction. When he died in 2015, he left half a handwritten manuscript of Laidlaw's first case. Now, Ian Rankin is back to finish what McIlvanney started. In The Dark Remains, these two iconic authors bring to life the criminal world of 1970s Glasgow, and Laidlaw's relentless quest for truth.

'He kicked the door open so the likes of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and me could sneak through behind him' - VAL McDERMID
By:   Ian Rankin, William McIlvanney
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Export/Airside - Export/Airside/Ireland
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   351g
ISBN:   9781838854119
ISBN 10:   1838854118
Series:   Laidlaw
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

In 1977, William McIlvanney changed the face of crime fiction when he created DI Laidlaw, the soulful Glasgow cop. He wrote three books in the series and left one nearly complete novel, recently discovered. The series inspired several generations of Scottish crime writers who followed. One young fan, Ian Rankin, took Laidlaw as inspiration for his own antihero, John Rebus. Twenty-four books on, Rankin is back to finish what McIlvanney started. @beathhigh |

Reviews for The Dark Remains (#4 Laidlaw)

'The pure distilled essence of Scottish crime writing' - PETER MAY 'McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind' - CHRIS BROOKMYRE 'Most of us writing crime fiction today are standing on the shoulders of giants. McIlvanney is one such giant' - MARK BILLINGHAM

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