Tartan Noir

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Tartan Noir is a form of crime fiction particular to Scotland and Scottish writers. William McIlvanney, who wrote three crime novels, the first being Laidlaw in 1977,[1] is considered the father of the genre.[2]


William McIlvanney has said that the whole genre is "ersatz."[3] Charles Taylor has stated that the term has an "inescapably condescending tinge", noting "it's a touristy phrase, suggesting that there's something quaint about hard-boiled crime fiction that comes from the land of kilts and haggis."[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d "How William McIlvanney invented tartan noir". the Guardian. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Introducing Tartan Noir". scotland.org. 23 November 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  3. ^ Kelly, Stuart (27 August 2006). "A writer's life: William McIlvanney". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  4. ^ Taylor, Charles (22 February 2004). "Paint It Noir". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Scottish crime writers go equipped for Tartan Noir Border invasion". www.scotsman.com. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d "The best Scottish crime writers you've never read". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 12 September 2022.

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