The Quaker

Narrated by: Angus King
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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It is 1969 and Glasgow is in the grip of the worst winter in decades, yet it is something else that has Glaswegians on edge: a serial killer whose name alone is enough to make them tremble with fear. The Quaker has killed another victim, snatching a young woman from a nightclub and dumping her body like trash in the back of a cold-water tenement. He leaves no clues, and the investigation has led police down one blind alley after another. 

DI McCormack has few friends in his adopted city and a lot to prove. A talented young detective from the Highlands, an outsider with troubling secrets of his own, Duncan McCormick is brought into the investigation to identify where, exactly, it's gone wrong. His arrival is met with anger and distrust by cops who are desperate to nail a suspect. When they identify a petty thief as the man seen leaving the building where the Quaker's last victim was found, they decide they've found their serial killer. But McCormack isn't convinced. 

From ruined backstreets, to deserted public parks, and down into the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city - and his life - forever.

©2018 Liam McIlvanney (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Brilliant

Well developed characters.
Setting in the 1960s not just a gimmick Very Intercal to the plot and insight of the characters. Excellent read.

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Highly recommended!

DI Duncan McCormack is assigned to review the unsuccessful fifteen-month investigation into a serial killer known as The Quaker terrorizing Glasgow in the late 1960's. He's an outsider in more ways than one, a Highlander in the city, a cop from the another squad, resented by the other detectives. His dilemma is to play politics or seek justice for the murdered women and stop the carnage.

From the first page, the reader knows s/he is in the hands of a master storyteller. The story moves along at a steady pace, is filled with distinctive characters, and details so specific, you feel as if you are inside the story.

The audible is a particularly good performance. Highly recommended.

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This is good murder in Scotland, a favorite genre of mine right now. Police Procedural from the 60s -- Good. PO- liss,
Scottish for police, lots of infighting .... not of interest to me
but others may enjoy department politics. I had minor difficulty
understanding some English with Scottish accent. I had major probs keeping so many names
straight- so many "mac....."s that I
lost track of who said what. I'm still not sure who went to prison
:-) Audible needs to add some more of author's books.

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Good not great

I listened to this after listening to a Denise Mina’s “Conviction” which was great! While Quaker doesn’t make my top ten Scottish crime novels I’d read author again if positively reviewed in a convincing way. Story can’t be easily described without a “spoil”
Reader does a good job.

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Scottish noir at its best

Terrific serial killer procedural. It was nearly put off early on with the hackneyed theme of a detective thwarted by the bumbling co-workers and departmental politics, but my perseverance paid off. The narrator was excellent, although some of the Scottish brogue required a bit of rewinding . I'm looking forward to a sequel.