Monday, July 15, 2013
THE PAPERS OF TONY VEITCH - William McIlvanney
The second of the "Laidlaw" books with "Laidlaw" taking interest in the death of a vagabond who passed on a message to him just before his death.
This escalates into a series of murders involving all levels of Glasgow citizenry from the backrooms of bars where the "hard men" meet to the businessmen who run the city.
The star of this story is Glasgow itself. The humour, the random violence and the climate make this a really great read. The book has been around since 1977 and there were only three of them written with Laidlaw as the cop who probably shouldn't be one, he just cares too much.
Great story, wonderfully written, don't get put off by the Scots vernacular its beautiful and where much of the humour comes from.