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Summary

The Quaker is watching you....

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.It is 1969 and Glasgow has been brought to its knees by a serial killer spreading fear throughout the city. The Quaker has taken three women from the same nightclub and brutally murdered them in the backstreets. A detective with everything to prove.Now, six months later, the police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. 

They call in DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands. But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. A killer who hunts in the shadows.Soon another woman is found murdered in a run-down tenement flat. And McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city – and his life – forever....

©2018 Liam McIlvanney (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"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, best-selling author of the Shetland and Vera crime series)

"Another atmospheric, scary and utterly brilliant book from Liam McIlvanney. Superb." (Adrian McKinty)

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This book by Liam McI is one of the best Tartan Noir books in the genre. Not only is the writing tight and the plot engaging, it evokes 60s Glasgow brilliantly. Very well narrated as well. This is one for those who are fans of Rebus, et al.

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The narrator was generally excellent but some pronunciation of some Glasgow dialect was poor, which was disappointing.

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excellent

good local knowledge of place and time and attitudes looking forward to next one well done

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Great story keeps you guessing

As new author to me this was a great start. I now understand the author has at least two previous novels which I will be looking at shortly. The narrator, as usual was excellent telling the story and his accent was bang on. The story was full of intrigue with many twists and turns to keep you interested all the time. I love the way the author manages to bring every thing together in a crescendo at the end. Well done all concerned.

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Clever Twists

Took a while to get going but we'll worth the journey. Looking forward to catching the next one.

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superb

amazing well told and captivating had me hooked from word one looking forward to the next book already

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Just brilliant

Loved this book, the story was compelling and complex. So many nostalgic references to the time, the 60s in Glasgow. Loved the historical information also. I was disappointed to finish this audiobook but hope that the author has future adventures for the main character.

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Gritty and thought provoking

What a different world we lived in the late 60s, this book not only takes us into Glasgow’s criminal underworld but it also paints the social background as it was at the time.

Often stories don’t work when we hear the victim as if they are ghosts but this story somehow makes those voices work.

The narration is absolutely spot on and sensitively vocalised.

I look forward to reading more from this author, and will be looking at further books with this narrator

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Brilliant stuff!

Very good indeed. Slow to get started but, once, it does, it’s a hard one to put down. Clever plot, brilliantly put together. Writing of a very high standard, evoking the Glasgow of the late sixties wonderfully well. Narrator excellent- added a great deal to the enjoyment of the book. Just a wee pity about the (in my view) excessive use of offensive language.

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Excellently narrated

Great story. Gritty. Realistic. Moves along slowly, then boom, you’re off. When the trees are removed, the wood becomes as clear as anything…