Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective.
When a young woman is found brutally murdered on Glasgow Green, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the hard men, gangland villains and self-made moneymen who lurk in the city's shadows.
Winner of the CWA Silver Dagger.
©1977 William McIlvanney (P)2013 Canongate Books Ltd
"The best new character in crime fiction for years" (Daily Express)
For me audio is always better than print.
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo--both are first in their respective parts of the country.
No, but it was a book I immediately listened to a second time.
I am desperate for the other two of this trilogy to be put on Audio....hopefully with the author reading them.
I loved this gritty novel - read by the author himself which added to the atmosphere even his endearing little mistakes do not detract from the story.
I'd love to know when the rest of the Laidlaw books will be available on Audible as I'm eagerly awaiting them.
"I really like this book, well written..."
...full of characters who demand your respect in a city that exudes edginess.
However, narrating it yourself isn't the best move. It's read like a diatribe, just one loooonnnngggg sentence. I've had to go back a few times and rewind - a pause, a breath, maybe a slightly different voice, some punctuation would really help. I guess that's why there's so many professional narrators.
The story's great though, so worth persevering...
"Laidlaw is AMAZING"
Would Listen again, it flowed like poetry in parts & gritty in others, Laidlaw is a cross between Taggart & Gene Hunt,
EVERYTHING! loved Laidlaw & would like to see it on the T.V or Big Screen
His voice is hypnotic, its his timbre & rhythm of reading not forgetting his accent that can only do the words justice
Where Laidlaw reads to his children & then again when he puts his son back to bed, shows a softer side to the character
The author's take on the style of the story is rather soporific and great for going to sleep to. You have to really listen and often revisit earlier parts to get the full sadness and intertwining of the lives and the characters. There is no hero in this book just people with interrelated lives.It is like being in a noisy pub with a great raconteur and hating every distraction that is interrupting your enjoyment of the tales you are being told.I have different books for different times and different moods so this is one for solitary times when you want to meet an old friend and have a chat. I am sure on my next listen through i will find that i have missed a lot it is very richly layered.
Probably something done in a stream of consciousness style as you drift through the unravelling of time and place and symbiosis.
He could have set his characters as from different parts of scotland it was hard to tell who was speaking a lot of the time there was very little light and shade or change of pace in the voices
There were several character revelations of our antihero Laidlaw where he let his mask slip and we saw glimpses of the man underneath. I won't spoil these for other listeners.
Despite the difficulty listening to the narrator the book gained from having the author give his own feelings and pace so i will definitely buy the next written and read by William McIlvanney.
"McIlvaney- Scotland's Raymond Chandler"
Most definitely! This Glaswegian detective is a combination of 'troubled man' , scholar, social worker, psychologist and is as consummately clever and tough as they come. A hugely compelling and appealing character.
The author uses what I think are immense literary and observational skills each time he analyses the leading characters in this novel. Impossible to point to just one example in a novel that is so rich with these examples. Even the toughies have their finer points.
I enjoyed his reading because he wrote this excellent novel and knows exactly how to deliver it to its best BUT, it was often very off-putting to hear so distinctly whenever he needed to swallow or moisten his lips. This is where technically the pro's are best.
LOVED the whole narrative and scene-setting around the interview Laidlaw has with the mother of the victim's friend!
I just so admired the author's ability to combine poetic and insightful descriptions of Glasgow and the various characters with the hard-hitting and more violent aspects of life and crime in this city. This is NOT a who-dun-it nor is it just a hard-hitting tartan-noir. It's almost a social commentary on modern day Glasgow and its damaging inequalities and ever-present dangers. Some really great one-liners that will make you smile though.
"Such a let down"
Don't think so
I tried to listen to this book several times and couldn't make it out. Some of this was due to the reader, who being the author, probably knew what he was writing about.
This is the only book, in 6 years that I am thinking of returning.
Perhaps a different reader
This I can't say
this boook has lots of great reviews, sorry I just don't get it . I found the story uninteresting.
If there was anything good about this book it was then totally spoilt by the author's terrible narration .
William McIlvanney actually has a pleasant voice in itself , (although you have to concentrate because of the strong accent )but it was the way he read the book , ( because he certainly didn't narrate it !!) the punktuation was all over the place. It was difficult to distinguish the characters from each other .
I never warmed to any of them ( but again maybe it was the way they where presented by the narrator )
I have never been so glad to finish a book . I almost gave up several times , but I was determined to finish it because of all the good things written about it.. all the time hoping to find improvement.
As UK police procedurals go, this is not a bad book but it failed to catch the imagination.
Find a professional narrator.
Possibly but there's a lot of competition.
It took me a little while to work out it was set in the early 70's-this was because there was a lack of mobile phones, and a David Essex reference confirmed it..
Great accents, good story...if you like tough, and maverick detectives with a touch of strong Glaswegian thrown in..take a chance on this.
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