William McIlvanney & Ian Rankin: The Dark Remains

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Dark Remains. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater and Tracy Fenton for inviting me on the blog tour.


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.


I know this makes me a bad book blogger, but I have never read anything by either of these two authors. This means it’s impossible to compare the two styles or comment on how faithful The Dark Remains is to the original Laidlaw books, but as a prequel, it seemed like a good place to introduce myself to these authors.

The Dark Remains is set in 1972 and I loved the descriptive writing. I was taken back to this time and quickly became immersed in the novel. I loved the dark humour in the writing. 

Laidlaw appears a law unto himself and I admire this aspect of his character and can only imagine how this manifests itself in the original novels! Despite this, I had absolute faith in him to get to the bottom of what was going on.

The victim, Bobby Carter, had no shortage of enemies and this means the suspects are not in short supply. I was intrigued by who the perpetrator could be as Laidlaw interviews them all and I was engaged from beginning to end. 

The Dark Remains is available from Amazon.

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