The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

If the truth’s in the shadows, get out of the light . . .

Lawyer Bobby Carter did a lot of work for the wrong type of people. Now he’s dead and it was no accident. He’s left behind his share of enemies, but 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. As two Glasgow gangs go to war, Laidlaw needs to find out who got Carter before the whole city explodes.

My Review

I have had the Laidlaw trilogy since attending a author event a few years ago and then bought this book to read with it. But all four were still sat unread until I had the chance to participate in this blog tour. 

I could have read the original novels prior to this one but because it was described as a prequel I decided to treat it as such. I have no regrets about reading them this way. I didn’t know anything about Laidlaw, apart from that he was a maverick and I have no idea whether any of the characters who feature in this novel appear in the original novels.

Laidlaw was a character I liked a lot. His approach to the gangland hierarchy,  his lack of respect towards his superiors where he didn’t even try and his understanding attitude towards those who he felt needed some sympathy. I also liked his dry sense of humour, one of reasons I enjoy Scottish crime fiction so much is that the humour is nearly always there. It was more evident in this novel when Laidlaw was dealing with someone who he had no respect for so was in most scenes featuring his commanding officer. 

I couldn’t tell which part of it Ian Rankin wrote, despite reading many of his books. I have heard before that there are similarities between both authors and I will have to make space for the trilogy to see if I can see a difference. 

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