Laidlaw (novel)

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Laidlaw
Author William McIlvanney
Country Scotland
Language English
Series Laidlaw #1
Genre crime fiction
Publisher Hodder and Stoughton
Publication date
1977
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 224
ISBN ISBN 0340207272
OCLC 3108663
Dewey Decimal 823/.9/14
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.