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... Winner of the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year
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...
Winner of the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year
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...
Liam McIlvanney was born in Scotland and studied at the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. He has written for numerous publications, including the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. His debut, Burns the Radical, won the Saltire First Book Award, and his most recent book, Where the Dead Men Go, won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. The Quaker won the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year.
He is Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He lives in Dunedin with his wife and four sons.
'It's one of those novels that as soon as I finished it, I looked forward to reading it again. Not only did I love the evocative recreation of Glasgow but the characters created were refreshing and surprising. It was such a pleasure to read' Susan Calman
'Every aspect of The Quaker is superb' Washington Post 'A vivid portrayal of a city' Sun 'A totally gripping murder mystery, thought provoking but thoroughly entertaining' NB Magazine 'Pacy, inventive, assured - and authentic ... a story of brilliantly crafted shifts of plot and pace ... McIlvanney is a writer with unfolding, developing and substantial gifts' The Herald 'Skilfully dovetailed ... atmospheric ... a solidly crafted and satisfying detective story' Laura Wilson, Guardian 'An absolute master of Tartan noir ... the corruption of the late Sixties is splendidly evoked, as is DI Duncan McCormack' Daily Mail '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 'The Quaker is one of my favourite reads of the year. A powerhouse of a book with Liam McIlvanney's full lyrical powers on display. Loved it' Steve Cavanagh 'Another atmospheric, scary and utterly brilliant book from Liam McIlvanney. Superb' Adrian McKinty Praise for Liam McIlvanney: 'An authentic, atmospheric and ambitious debut' Val McDermid 'Gripping, unflinching ... McIlvanney has flair and assurance and executes a powerful tale with all the dexterous sensitivity and ballsy swagger the subject is due' Scotland on Sunday 'This is a bold, impressive debut' Daily Telegraph 'Superb storytelling, a wonderful eye for character, and a passion for dialogue' Daily Mail 'McIlvanney tells the story with clarity, terrific dialogue and convincing characters' The Times
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