The don of Tartan Noir with one of his terrific admirers finishing his work - what could be better? This is a prequel to McIlvanney's Laidlaw trilogy, and a wonderful introduction to that detective, operating in a gritty 70's Glasgow. Everyone is a bit shady and locally mobbed-up, but no one is evil...despite the deaths. The character is all McIlvanney, the writing is all Rankin; delicious!
Thursday, August 19, 2021