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Strange Loyalties

Strange Loyalties (Paperback, New edition)

By McIlvanney, William

When Jack Laidlaw's brother is killed in a road accident, the maverick Glasgow Inspector takes a week off work to find out for himself what happened - not, at first, because he suspects foul play, but because he had the impression all was not well in his brother's life.

ISBN 9780340574607
Barcode 9780340574607
Published 1 October 1992 by Hodder & Stoughton
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780340574607
ISBN-10 0340574607
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint Sceptre
Publication Date 1 October 1992
International Publication Date 6 August 1992
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By McIlvanney, William
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fiction
Number of Pages 361
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 270g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress English fiction, Scottish authors, Scottish fiction, 20th century
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 191000

Description of this Book

After his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Jack Laidlaw uses his skills as a detective to find out why. With corrosive wit, Laidlaw relates an emotional quest through Glasgow's underworld, back home to Graithnock and into the past, discovering as much about himself as the beloved brother he has lost in a search which leads to a shattering climax.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

US Review The third outing for Glasgow police detective Jack Laidlaw (Laidlaw, 1977; The Papers of Tony Yeitch, 1983) starts off with the most understated premise imaginable: Given that the driver who ran down Jack's brother Scott wasn't looking to kill him, why should Scott have died just then? Laidlaw's hunch that Scott's death, though accidental, was more than an accident leads him to painful scenes with Scott's drop-dead wife Anna, the drinking buddies linked in one of Scott's paintings to a spectral man in a green coat - a man whose existence they vehemently deny - and a spreading circle of petty, violent criminals. It's all fleshed out, like Laidlaw's hopeless attempt to rekindle his affair with his restaurateur girlfriend Jan, with the depressive exactness of a mortician cosmetologist. Structurally a detective story with more solution than mystery, but really a grimly effective novel like Chandler's The Long Goodbye, about the detective's loyalty to the dead. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

William McIlvanney is one of Scotland's foremost writers whose award-winning novels include LAIDLAW, DOCHERTY, which won the Whitbread Award for Fiction, THE PAPERS OF TONY VEITCH, THE BIG MAN, which was made into a film starring Liam Neeson, STRANGE LOYALTIES, and THE KILN. He has also published a volume of short stories, WALKING WOUNDED, three books of poetry and a collection of essays and journalism, SURVIVING THE SHIPWRECK. He lives in Glasgow.

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