William McIlvanney's first novel, Remedy is None, won the
Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and with Docherty he won the
Whitbread Award for Fiction. Laidlaw and The Papers of
Tony Veitch both gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers'
Association, while the third in the Laidlaw trilogy, Strange
Loyalties, won the Glasgow Herald's People's Prize. He died in
Laidlaw is the first book in the Laidlaw Trilogy.
'He kicked the door open so the likes of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina
and me could sneak through behind him' - VAL McDERMID
'The pure distilled essence of Scottish crime writing' - PETER MAY
'Fastest, first and best, Laidlaw is the melancholy heir to Marlowe. Reads like a breathless scalpel cut through the bloody heart of a city' - DENISE MINA
'It's doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney's Laidlaw' - IAN RANKIN