Friday, October 15, 2021
The Dark Remains
Completed. At the time of his death in 2015, William McIlvanney left an unfinished manuscript of a novel highlighting the first case of a Glasgow detective named Laidlaw developed in three previous novels. Prolific crime fiction author Ian Rankin completed the manuscript and presents the combined effort with McIlvanney in a novel titled, The Dark Remains. Set in the early 1970s, we find Laidlaw at the beginning of his career, acting in ways totally consistent with the character loved by readers of the other novels. The style and atmosphere seem all McIlvanney in this novel, meaning that Rankin subordinated himself out of love and homage to the late McIlvanney. Fans of crime fiction, especially the Scots variety, will find a lot to enjoy in this special novel. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Dark Remains from amazon.com.