Strange Loyalties – William McIlvanney

'The Laidlaw books are not just great crime novels, they are important ones'

Mark Billingham

Strange Loyalties

William McIlvanney

When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. Laidlaw begins an emotional quest through Glasgow's underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as about the brother he has lost, in a search that leads to a shattering climax.

Acclaimed for its corrosive wit, dark themes and original maverick detective, the Laidlaw trilogy has earned the status of classic crime fiction.

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 December 2015.