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The Quaker

Narrated by: Angus King
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

His name fills the streets with fear....

In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Liam McIlvanney, a serial killer stalks the streets of Glasgow, and DI McCormack follows a trail of secrets to uncover the truth....

A city torn apart.
Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: the Quaker. He takes his next victim - the third woman from the same nightclub - and dumps her in the street like rubbish.

A detective with everything to prove.
The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation. But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon he learns just how difficult life can be for an outsider.

A killer who hunts in the shadows.
When another woman is found murdered in a tenement flat, it’s clear the case is by no means over. From ruined backstreets to the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city - and his life - forever....

©2018 Liam McIlvanney (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Atmospheric and arresting, The Quaker reveals 1960s Glasgow in all its lurid shades." (Val McDermid)

"This is a terrific novel, dark, powerful and beautifully written. I finished it a while ago, but I'm still haunted by the characters and the place." (Ann Cleeves, best-selling author of the Shetland and Vera crime series)

"Another atmospheric, scary and utterly brilliant book from Liam McIlvanney. Superb." (Adrian McKinty)

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Glasgow real and raw

This took me a little while to get into but once the story unfolded I couldn't help but want to keep going. It's well written and narrated with a genuine Glasgow relevance. The author clearly knows his stuff!

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  • Dazed and Confused
  • 17-10-2019

Most enjoyable

This book by Liam McI is one of the best Tartan Noir books in the genre. Not only is the writing tight and the plot engaging, it evokes 60s Glasgow brilliantly. Very well narrated as well. This is one for those who are fans of Rebus, et al.

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  • Elizabeth Emmerson
  • 25-08-2019

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The narrator was generally excellent but some pronunciation of some Glasgow dialect was poor, which was disappointing.

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  • Brian
  • 19-02-2019

Great story keeps you guessing

As new author to me this was a great start. I now understand the author has at least two previous novels which I will be looking at shortly. The narrator, as usual was excellent telling the story and his accent was bang on. The story was full of intrigue with many twists and turns to keep you interested all the time. I love the way the author manages to bring every thing together in a crescendo at the end. Well done all concerned.

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  • kenny smith
  • 01-01-2019

excellent

good local knowledge of place and time and attitudes looking forward to next one well done

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  • Kevalon
  • 18-11-2018

Clever Twists

Took a while to get going but we'll worth the journey. Looking forward to catching the next one.

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  • 匿名
  • 30-10-2018

superb

amazing well told and captivating had me hooked from word one looking forward to the next book already

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  • Jacqueline S.
  • 16-10-2018

Just brilliant

Loved this book, the story was compelling and complex. So many nostalgic references to the time, the 60s in Glasgow. Loved the historical information also. I was disappointed to finish this audiobook but hope that the author has future adventures for the main character.

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  • Paully
  • 17-07-2020

Would probably listen to futre stories

The premise was great and i am a fan of the narrator. Unfortunately, the story was a little slow and the characters seemed a bit one dimensional. Not a bad novel by any means, but the standard of the scottish detective novel writers is very high. Would be worth listening to some of the follow on novels

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  • Robin
  • 03-06-2020

Great read!

Loved the story - it was a really gripping read which I found equally as entertaining to read or listen to on Audible.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 12-05-2020

Excellent story

If you want to appreciate how far we've progressed, this is the story for you