Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Dark Remains (March 2024)

By William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin

March 14, 2024

Lawyer Bobby Carter did a lot of work for the wrong type of people.  Now he’s dead and it was no accident.  Besides a distraught family and a heap of powerful friends, Carter’s left behind his share of enemies.  So, who dealt the fatal blow?

DC Jack Laidlaw’s reputation precedes him.  He’s not a team player, but he’s got a sixth sense for what’s happening on the streets.  His boss chalks the violence up to the usual rivalries, but is it that simple?  As two Glasgow gangs go to war, Laidlaw needs to find out who got Carter before the whole city explodes.

William McIlanney’s Laidlaw books changed the face of crime fiction.  When he died in 2015, he left half a handwritten manuscript of Laidlaw’s first case.  Now, Ian Rankin is back to finish what McIlanney started.  In The Dark Remains, these two iconic authors bring to life the criminal world of 1970s Glasgow, and Laidlaw’s relentless quest for truth.

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