McIlvanney’s pioneering Laidlaw series of crime novels proved an immense inspiration to Ian Rankin and now the creator of Rebus completes his idol’s last, unfinished novel - and Laidlaw's origin story - in reverent yet typically compelling prose.
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William McIlvanney changed the face of crime fiction when he created DI Laidlaw, the original brooding Glasgow cop. He wrote three Laidlaw books and, as recently discovered, left one handwritten manuscript tantalisingly unfinished when he passed away in December 2015.
In the early 1980s one young fan, Ian Rankin, took Laidlaw as inspiration for his own detective, John Rebus. Now, Rankin is back to finish what McIlvanney started.
The Dark Remains, the story of Laidlaw's first case, is written by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 240 x 162 mm
Praise for William McIlvanney:
'He kicked the door open so the likes of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and me could sneak through behind him.' - Val McDermid
'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
Praise for Ian Rankin:
'Ian Rankin is a genius.' - Lee Child
'A master storyteller.' - The Guardian
'Rebus is one of British crime writing's greatest characters: alongside Holmes, Poirot and Morse.' - Daily Mail
'One of Britain's leading novelists in any genre.' - New Statesman
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