Laidlaw (novel)

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Author William McIlvanney
Country Scotland
Language English
Series Laidlaw #1
Genre crime fiction
Publisher Hodder and Stoughton
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 224
ISBN ISBN 0340207272
OCLC 3108663
LC Class PZ4.M1498 Lai PR6063.A237
Followed by The Papers of Tony Veitch

Laidlaw is the first novel of a series of crime books by William McIlvanney. It features DI Laidlaw and DC Harkness, his assigned assistant, in their attempts to find the brutal sex related murderer of a Glasgow teenager. Laidlaw is marked by his unconventional methods in tracking the killer, immersing himself in a '70s Glasgow featuring violence and bigotry.

This novel is considered the first 'Tartan Noir' and is cited as being inspiration for the Rebus novels by Ian Rankin.