EBOOK Laidlaw By William McIlvanney

PDF Ü BOOK Laidlaw By William McIlvanney FREE ´ MONEYEXPRESSCARD ↠ The unorthodox complex sardonically humorous intriguing policeman Jack Laidlaw makes his debut in an engrossing tale of murder In Glasgow the city with the worst slums in Europe a city of hard men powerful villains bitter victims and cynicaRd men powerful villains bitter victims and cynical policemen Laidlaw uses unconventional metho Jack Laidlaw #1Set in Glasgow in the 1970'sA girl has been murdered in Kelvingrove park They know who the killer is theynjust need to find him But they are ot the only ones looking for the killer Thenfictims father wants to deal out his own justice and involves Glasgows underworld Laidlaw is partnered with new recruit DC Harkness DI Jack Laidlaw is misunderstood by his colleagues He does not like DI Milligan He doesn't really like authority There is Glasgow dialogue which I always like when an author uses the dialogue from the area they are writing about It makes it realistic I liked the authors writing style This is a dark and gripping read that also has some dark humor It's action packed and full of twistsI would like to thank NetGalley Cannongate and the author William Mcilvanney for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

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The unorthodox complex sardonically humorous intriguing policeman Jack Laidlaw makes his debut I thought the Swedes had the market cornered when it comes to gloomy depresive existentialist crime fiction but William McIlvanney sets out to prove me wrong going back right to the angsty and dreary seventies My first impression on meeting Detective Inspector Jack Laidlaw was that he is a clone of Martin Beck slightly alcoholic broken marriage taciturn and manic depressive Later I came to the decision that he has enough substance and nuance to stand on his own merits despite the noted similarities I put in the plus column his obvious intelligence his unconventional methods of investigation his flashes of black humour his single minded determination to solve the case he is working on ultimately his own doubts and insecurities that make him so much human and interesting These fragments I have shored against my ruin he exclaims as he contemplates his career and his family life at the age of forty a policeman who keeps locked in his desk the books of Kierkegaard Camus and Unamuno 'like caches of alcohol' to help him through his down periods He is not popular among his colleagues in the Glasgow Crime Suad but he is the man they go to when they have a tough case to break And the one that falls in his lap now is one of the worst a young girl is found murdered in a Glasgow park no witnesses no clues no suspects and the press is clamouring loudly for uick resultsWhile the regular team of policemen follow procedure and inspect the crime scene interview relatives and picks up the usual suspects Laidlaw goes 'to the mats' undercover among the criminal underworld of the city picking up and following every rumour paying threatening cajoling begging calling in past debts until he finds his man McIlvanney deploys a much used and reliable method to get the reader acuainted with his main character we get to know him indirectly through the eyes of the rookie constable Brian Harkness a young man who hasn't yet been embittered and cynical about the job assigned as partner and liaison to Laidlaw on this case The most striking thing about him was something Harkness had noticed every time he had seen him preoccupation You never came on him empty You imagined that if a launch arrived to rescue him from a desert island he would have something he had to finish before being taken off It was hard to think of him walking casually always towards definite destinations From Laidlaw wife we get another indirect glimpse of his personality Knight errant of the Crime Suad she reflected bitterly The trouble was it occurred to her that with him you never knew whether you were the maiden or the dragon My favorite passage is the one that was probably the most likely for the author to get wrong I remember there was an unwritten rule in every 70's crime movie that there must be an explicit sex scene somewhere showing his hero with the guard down and in the arms of a woman not his wife Here it turns into a moment of tenderness and introspection and fun a brief interlude before Laidlaw goes back down the mean and dirty streets of town in search of a killerFrom time to time Laidlaw gets to make his views known directly as he engages with Harkness in lively debates about the role of the policeman in society about ethics and about personal responsibility Your opinion of me at the moment worries me exactly as much as dandruff would a chopped off head I don't have to justify myself to you I've got to justify myself to me And that's a bloody sight harder If everybody could waken up tomorrow morning and have the courage of their doubts not their convictions the millenium would be here I think false certainties are what destroy us The techniue of indirect presentation works very well with the aided bonus of also easing the reader into the unsavoury elements of Glasgow criminal gangs 'tearaways' in the local jargon There are several changes in the point of view done in an unobtrusive and convincing way mostly fleshing out secondary characters like the girl's abusive father the mentally unbalanced killer several bosses and underlings of what looks to me a criminal structure almost as well organized as the infamous MobWhich gets me to one aspect of the novel that justifies the renown it gained as the first 'tartan noir' namely local colour Once I got used to the Glaswegian idiom I was rewarded with a real feel for the place and the people for a story that couldn't take place anywhere else in the world the working man's town where pride and poverty walk hand in hand where the polis are the enemy that you must never chat with with the pubs where all the business transactions take place with domestic violence and youthfull rebellion even with the fickle weather they all play a part in the tapestry of lies deceit misdirection passion and greed that left a young girl brutally raped and murdered in a desolate park on a Sunday morning There's than one guilty party in this case from disfunctional family to broken social contracts and deep seated prejudices Everything had changed You could walk for as long as you liked in this city It wouldn't know you You could call every part of it by name But it wouldn't answerSt George's Cross was only cars inventing destinations for the people in them The cars controlled the people Sauchiehall Street was a graveyard of illuminated tombstones Buchanan Street was an escalator bearing strangers Sometimes rarely the sadness and the cynicism are relieved by the sort of self deprecating humour the Scots are so fond of Sunday in the park it was a nice day A Glasgow sun was out dully luminous an eye with cataract Some people were in the park pretending it was warm exercising that necessary Scottish thrift with weather which hoards every good day in the hope of some year amassing a summer In conclusion good if a little unoriginal plot; great local colour; decent pacing and escalation of tension; even better characterization and social commentary; a blurring of the lines between good and bad; confident prose with a touch of the lyrical in the most unexpected places I would say I am interested in the next Laidlaw novel

William McIlvanney á Laidlaw By William McIlvanney READER

Laidlaw By William McIlvannIn an engrossing tale of murder In Glasgow the city with the worst slums in Europe a city of ha Stunning Possibly the best written crime novel I've read It continually astounded me with its depth and surprising metaphors There are noir tropes here their meaning and resonance vastly amplified; I said similar about Ian Rankin a few months ago when I first read him but this was like Rankin tripled uadrupled this published in 1977 was one of the inspirations for RebusTo uote another GR review This isn't a crime writer who decided to get 'all literary' McIlvanney is a deeply authentic Scottish Glasgow writer and poet who decided in the late 1970's after having written some successful and gritty novels that he could talk about existential decay now through the device of a crime seuencethis is a magnificent little book It is raw it is philosophical it is grim it is character and plot and language drivenMaybe there is an extra frisson in reading mysteries set in places you've been to that are familiar on than tourist terms perhaps that's why I haven't loved some of the Scandis as much as expected This is a book that feels so much of its city the cast of toughs and of working class characters who are far sharper and intellectual than southerners would ever have assumed on hearing the accent; the spartanness that seems in the very flesh of the place even whilst it's debauching; and the sectarianism something I heard about than saw which makes its first cunning appearance through simile still following the relentless parade of his own thoughts like an Orange March nobody dare cut acrossThis is a world of traditional family structures; strikingly so when I think of how different the situations of various relatives of mine were at the time I'm sure those who want to could find things to pick at but whilst this is an androcentric story McIlvanney's progressiveness shows not in creating a cast of rare female detectives but by perceptive glimpses into the viewpoints of different women some formidable others crushed what's left of her after Bud Lawson's been mincing her ego for years again he just phrases these things far better than similar writersSome years in the past and still for some people and in some places the way both gay characters are on the wrong side of the tracks and twisted to one extent or another by society's prejudices compelled towards the darker sides of underground ness wouldn't have sat well My own perception is that there's enough variety joyfulness integration etc etc in English language fiction now that this doesn't matter Reading about them in 2015 they feel like the exception rather than the rule a moment in history cf Giovanni's Room YMMV But there's no doubt for they spell it out that McIlvanney and his protagonist were compassionate and thought things should be betterLaidlaw may be one of the ur loner detectives yet he his colleagues and adversaries come with insights than most later examples Especially into working with a difficult cross section of the public whilst not feeling as different from them as most colleagues the public might be easier to understand than philistine colleagues And into rarely articulated situations like the abject and divisive isolation of being stranded in the company of a partner and their parents Yet Laidlaw is also the consciously mythologised noir hero facing similarly larger than life villainsDeserves to be read far widely than it isLots of uotes below most direct some paraphrased in a hurry No absolute spoilers but some hints