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Laidlaw AUTHOR William McIlvanney kindle å eBook 9780340576908 Free ¾ William McIlvanney ò 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 hThe 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

Laidlaw AUTHOR William McIlvannThe 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

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Laidlaw AUTHOR William McIlvanney í Rd men powerful villains bitter victims and cynical policemen Laidlaw uses unconventional metho A gritty police procedural set in the seedy underbelly of Glasgow The primary character Detective Inspector Jack Laidlaw is a complicated flawed man but also vulnerable in his private life These traits made him appealing as a character As a first book for a series this dark police procedural was well delivered with interesting complex characters Also appreciated the pockets of humour to alleviate some of the bleakness of the murder mystery Hadn't heard of the author previously but I do like their style Well worth a look at reader â Laidlaw AUTHOR William McIlvanney ✓ William McIlvanney

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William McIlvanney ✓ Laidlaw AUTHOR William McIlvanney kindle In an engrossing tale of murder In Glasgow the city with the worst slums in Europe a city of ha Brilliant writing I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book Highly recommend