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ISBN-10: 1609457838
ISBN-13: 9781609457839
Publisher: World Noir
Publish Date: 08/16/2022
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.30" W, 0.80" H

The Dark Remains: A Laidlaw Investigation (Jack Laidlaw Novels Prequel)

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Shortlisted for the 2022 Book of the Year at the British Book Awards

In this scorching prequel, New York Times best-selling author Ian Rankin and Scottish crime-writing legend William McIlvanney join forces for the first ever case of DC Jack Laidlaw, Glasgow’s original gritty detective.

Lawyer Bobby Carter did a lot of work for the wrong kind of people. When his body is found in an alley behind a pub that is known to be under the protective wing of a local crime boss, the fragile equilibrium that has been keeping Glasgow relatively safe for months is shattered. Besides a distraught family and any number of powerful friends, Carter has left behind his fair share of enemies. So who is responsible for his death?

DC Jack Laidlaw’s reputation precedes him. He’s not a team player, but he’s got a sixth sense for what’s happening on the streets. His boss chalks Carter’s death up to the usual rivalries, but Laidlaw knows it can’t be that simple. As two Glasgow gangs go to war, he needs to find Carter’s killer before the whole city explodes.

William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw books changed the face of crime fiction. When he died in 2015, he left half a handwritten manuscript of Laidlaw’s first case. Ian Rankin has finished what McIlvanney started. Here, in The Dark Remains, these two iconic authors bring to life the criminal world of 1970s Glasgow, and Laidlaw’s relentless quest for truth.

“Fantastic–like witnessing Scottish noir’s Big Bang creation in the company of its greatest living exponent… Like Maradona and Messi playing in the same team.”–Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers

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Praise for The Dark Remains


"A darkly beautiful novel."–Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post


★ "McIlvanney's gift for evoking the bruised humanity in Glasgow's underclass will remind readers not only of Rankin and his Scottish contemporaries, but also of Englishman John Harvey and, across the pond, Michael Connelly."Booklist (Starred Review)


"Reading The Dark Remains yields far more than the strangely amazing and touching answer to 'What if you combined crime noir geniuses McIlvanney and Rankin?'"–New York Journal of Books


"A brilliant read: gritty, atmospheric, and menacing."–Mystery Scene Magazine


"To be relished."–The Financial Times


"McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind."–Christopher Brookmyre, author of When the Devil Drives


"Ian Rankin is a genius."–Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers


"Laidlaw... surprises the reader at every turn, showing himself to be literate, intelligent, and thoughtful. McIlvanney's fans will relish this gritty early perspective on Laidlaw."Publishers Weekly


"Deliciously fluid in its conflicts... A precious chance to spend a few more hours with a franchise that ended much too soon."Kirkus Reviews


"As in the original Laidlaw trilogy, the writing here is so sharp that nearly every sentence could split open a haggis."Minneapolis Star Tribune


"Gripping and atmospheric."The Times, Book of the Week


"It was sheer joy to hear McIlvanney's voice once more... Ian has done an excellent job."–Alex Gray, author of Keep the Midnight Out

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Details

ISBN-10: 1609457838
ISBN-13: 9781609457839
Publisher: World Noir
Publish Date: 08/16/2022
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.30" W, 0.80" H
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