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When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Detective Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. 

With corrosive wit, Laidlaw relates an emotional quest through Glasgow's underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as the loved brother he has lost in a search that leads to a shattering climax.

©2019 William McIlvanney (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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Found it hard to follow dialogue at times but his wielding of the full force of the English language kept me listening and riveted. I forget actual wording but he described a large apartment block as industrial in which melancholy or despair was manufactured in bulk. Worth listening to the entire work again

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  • 22-01-2020

Brilliant

A truly gripping story heart wrenchingly honest and written so beautifully and poetically that you want to stop listening regularly just to absorb the intensity and density of imagery within the writing. Some might describe it as grim and depressing, relieved only by the pepperings of dark Glaswegian humour, there were times when I felt this was the case but on reflection and having completed the book I understand the profound messages it conveys about our human state. I feel a better person for having read it.
The narration was perfect.

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  • Brian
  • 17-10-2019

Typical McIlvanney

Laced with very descriptive and thought provoking language throughout all very philosophical in nature and with its roots in a hard working Scottish heritage. This was a tad morose and fairly slow to start but nonetheless engaging for that.

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