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The Papers of Tony Veitch
by William McIlvanney


Overview - Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed. Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw see in Eck's cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed. Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw see in Eck's cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student. With stubborn integrity, Laidlaw tracks down a seam of corruption that runs from the top to the bottom of society.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781609452247
  • ISBN-10: 1609452240
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds

Series: Laidlaw Trilogy #1

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

At the start of Edgar-finalist McIlvanney’s excellent second entry—first published in 1983—in his Laidlaw trilogy, Det. Insp. Jack Laidlaw receives a summons to a Glasgow hospital from a homeless man he knows, Alexander “Eck” Adamson. The alcoholic Eck is largely incoherent, but before he expires, Laidlaw is able to make out one repeated statement: “The wine he gave me wisny wine.” Among Eck’s few possessions is a piece of paper with a handwritten note that appears to be some sort of philosophical manifesto. Two names also appear on the paper. Laidlaw and his partner, Det. Constable Brian Harkness, discover that one of those named, a well-known thug, has recently been murdered. When they examine Eck’s possessions more thoroughly, Laidlaw and Harkness wonder who helped Eck write his mini manifesto, and this leads them to well-to-do Tony Veitch. New evidence soon proves that Eck didn’t drink himself to death; he was poisoned. Veitch becomes the prime suspect for both murders, despite Laidlaw’s doubts that he’s actually the killer. But forces beyond Laidlaw’s control, on both sides of the law, try to thwart his investigation at every turn. McIlvanney, the undisputed grandfather of tartan noir, gives reader a complex, existential hero struggling to right myriad wrongs. Agent: Laura Mamelok, Susanna Lea Associates. (Sept.)

 
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