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William McIlvanney - The Papers of Tony Veitch (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B000558
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : As New
  • Category : Fiction - Scottish Fiction
  • Published : 1983 (This Ed. 1991)
  • ISBN : 9780857869920
  • SKU : B000558
  • PPC : LL230gm
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

Jack Laidlaw Trilogy #2

Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed.

Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw sees in Eck's cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student.

With stubborn integrity, Laidlaw tracks a seam of corruption that runs from the top to the bottom of society.

"Rather than telling linear tales in workmanlike prose that relies on melodrama or fast-paced action sequences to keep the reader’s attention, McIlvanney creates a layered, thoughtful story, rich in observational and philosophical asides told through evocative prose that has a nice cadence and vividly conveys the local dialect.

It is a world full of greys, rather than black and whites, with Laidlaw a man of contradictions - obsessive to the point of alienating colleagues in doing the right thing in his work, but failing in his home life by cheating on his wife.

McIllvanney infuses the tale with an underlying pathos and world weariness, and conveys well the sense of place and communities of Glasgow in the early 1980's. The result is a very well told story with three dimensional characters and an intricate plot . . ." - Goodreads Review.