The Papers of Tony Veitch

  • Title: The Papers of Tony Veitch
  • Author: William McIlvanney
  • ISBN: 9780394734866
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Papers of Tony Veitch The dying words of an alcoholic tramp set Jack Laidlaw onto the trail of a certain Tony Veitch a young Glasgow student who he discovers has been missing for several days This book is the sequel to La
    The dying words of an alcoholic tramp set Jack Laidlaw onto the trail of a certain Tony Veitch, a young Glasgow student who he discovers has been missing for several days This book is the sequel to Laidlaw and was the winner of the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger Award.

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    About William McIlvanney


    1. William McIlvanney was a Scottish writer of novels, short stories, and poetry He was a champion of gritty yet poetic literature his works Laidlaw, The Papers of Tony Veitch, and Walking Wounded are all known for their portrayal of Glasgow in the 1970s He is regarded as the father of Tartan Noir and has been described as Scotland s Camus.His first book, Remedy is None, was published in 1966 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1967 Docherty 1975 , a moving portrait of a miner whose courage and endurance is tested during the depression, won the Whitbread Novel Award.Laidlaw 1977 , The Papers of Tony Veitch 1983 and Strange Loyalties 1991 are crime novels featuring Inspector Jack Laidlaw Laidlaw is considered to be the first book of Tartan Noir.William McIlvanney was also an acclaimed poet, the author of The Longships in Harbour Poems 1970 and Surviving the Shipwreck 1991 , which also contains pieces of journalism, including an essay about T S Eliot McIlvanney wrote a screenplay based on his short story Dreaming published in Walking Wounded in 1989 which was filmed by BBC Scotland in 1990 and won a BAFTA.Since April 2013, McIlvanney s own website has featured personal, reflective and topical writing, as well as examples of his journalism.Adapted from enpedia wiki William


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    1. [4.5] Every bit as good as Laidlaw, book one in the series (which I gave five stars) - only I'm not sure these benefit from being read quite so close together. They were written six years apart, after all. The earlier book's greatest strength was its existential depth, whilst here the plot is sharper and more taut. This isn't the first crime series in which I've noticed an author reusing a theme or structure so it felt as if they were, on some level, rewriting and improving on aspects of an earl [...]

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    2. A love letter to a city…Tony Veitch has disappeared and it seems like half the city is looking for him. Laidlaw’s one of the searchers. He knows why he’s looking for Tony – his name’s come up in connection with Eck Adamson, a drunk and down-and-out, now dead; and it seems Laidlaw’s the only man who cares. But Laidlaw doesn’t know why some of Glasgow’s hardest men seem to be wanting to find Veitch too, and the question is – who’ll find him first?After being stunned by the firs [...]

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    3. Review to followwhat an exceptional book. I'm still digesting it.

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    4. I’ve only read two William McIlvanney books so far, but he’s quickly become one of my favourite authors. Rather than telling linear tales in workmanlike prose that relies on melodrama or fast-paced action sequences to keep the reader’s attention, McIlvanney creates a layered, thoughtful story, rich in observational and philosophical asides told through evocative prose that has a nice cadence and vividly conveys the local dialect. It is a world full of greys, rather than black and whites, w [...]

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    5. A good solid mystery/noir, though it lacks the searing intensity and weird originality of the first volume (Laidlaw)

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    6. I liked this even more than the first Laidlaw book, and that's saying quite a bit.The plotting is interesting - an elderly alcoholic summons Laidlaw to his deathbed. Laidlaw, of course, is the only cop who thinks there might be something other than alcohol involved and insists on a post-mortem. There was paraquat, but why? Who would dislike the old man enough to do that or what did he know that posed a threat to someone. What was the connection between him and the missing wealthy student Tony Ve [...]

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    7. I have heard many times that sentence of being more fun a funeral in Glasgow than a wedding in Edinburgh, and I could not be certain about what was first, if Glasgow as a myth of a city of violence, gangs and humour, summarized in that comparison between the two rival cities, or Laidlaw and McIlvanney's novels; it looks to me as hard to split one of the other as it is to separate Scotland from Scott. As I really love Glasgow, this is a novel I also must love. Violent, and very hard to read for a [...]

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    8. a three waystigation of murder(s), corruption, and fuped family interpersonal relationships. 3way? yes, the cop, the thug group #1, the thug group#2 are all trying to figure out who killed who, and why. this is the 2nd laidlaw noir police procedural set in glasgow. the 3rd due out in usa spring 2015. besides being a smart, literary-like writing, author tries hard to explain the uniqueness of glasgow and why 'they act the way they do'.

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    9. I think WM maybe one of the very best English-language crime writers alive That said, I had a bit of a problem following the plot here. And I'm willing to take resp. for that It wasn't super-clear to me why the papers of Tony Veitch were impt, and I have to say, keeping the rival Glasgow gangs, and their complicated allegiances, straight, was a challenge for me. Cdn't they have worn, like, pinneys, or something?

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    10. Damn, he's good. The second book was as lyrical as the first.

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    11. Cops and Crooks on the ClydeDetective work was a delicate symbiosis with the criminal world, a balancing of subtle mutual respects.In other words, with a foot in each camp. Which pretty well sums up the attitude of both McIlvanney and his detective, Jack Laidlaw. Except that the words "delicate" and "subtle" apply incongruously to Glasgow, a tough but vibrant city that "danced among its own debris." I lived there in the sixties, and knew many of the haunts McIlvanney describes in this novel of 1 [...]

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    12. The second in a series of novels involving Detective Jack Laidlaw, this can be read as a freestanding novel.From one angle, it has a hackneyed plot involving the familiar maverick detective with a dysfunctional family life, who cannot rest if he feels that the suspicious death of an alcoholic tramp is being discounted as unimportant, or until he has pursued his hunch that an ambitious colleague’s desire for a quick win is leading to the pinning of a couple of murders on the wrong man, who bein [...]

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    13. This is so much more than a crime novel. This is a study of life in Glasgow, and the people who inhabit that city. Having lived near Glasgow nearly forty years ago, I can recognise the types.McIlvanney puts you inside the characters' heads, and makes you feel a part of the story.The book is littered with great metaphors, very like Raymond Chandler does. In fact he is often compared to Chandler, and known as the Scottish Chandler. Great though Chandler is, I think he should be known as the Americ [...]

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    14. SchottenrockEin Obdachloser wird schwerkrank in die Klinik von Glasgow eingeliefert. Immer wieder verlangt er nach Jack Laidlaw. Doch als der Polizist das Krankenhaus erreicht ist es fast schon zu spät, Eck, wie der Alter genannt wurde, kann ihm nur noch ein paar schwer verständliche Worte zu stammeln bevor er verstirbt. Sollte zwischen diesem Todesfall und einem weiteren Opfer, das mit mehrfachen Stichverletzungen aufgefunden wurde, ein Zusammenhang bestehen. Laidlaw hegt jedenfalls den Verda [...]

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    15. I stayed on the bus to the end-of-the-line to finish this and still hadn't finished it so sat down in the shopping centre and completed the job. Great first line; "It was Glasgow on a saturday night, the city of the stare." And it gets better from there. I love McIlvanney's prose, he describes almost everything and everyone but concisely. And picks the right words but not the one's you expect. He's got a great line in similies and knows how to use a metaphor (suddenly I sound all "wild west"); " [...]

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    16. Second in the Laidlaw Series - written in 1983.McIlvanney is an intelligent writer that weaves a complex plot. He has a great turn of phrase and lashing of Glaswegian humour that makes part of the prose sound like a literary version of "Still Game".Something went wrong for me in reading the book. I must have failed to concentrate at key moments. As I crime novel, I was hopelessly lost in how the investigation went. I knew that a tramp had been poisoned and Laidlaw treats all humans as equal. You [...]

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    17. »Hätte man die Atmosphäre in Flaschen abgefüllt, man hätte Molotowcocktails bekommen.« Ein Roman wie Straßenstaub. Man wird ihn nur schwer wieder los. Auch der ursprünglich 1983 erschienene zweite Teil der Laidlaw-Trilogie ist ein sprachliches Meisterwerk. Zwar ist »Die Suche nach Tony Veitch« nicht ganz so stark wie der fantastische erste Band, aber noch immer um Welten besser als das Gros der damaligen und auch heutigen Kriminalliteratur. In der jetzt bei Antje Kunstmann erschienenen [...]

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    18. The Telegraph has tagged William McIlvanney as "The finest Scottish novelist of our timea writer to be cherished." His novels, featuring the character Jack Laidlaw, are widely viewed the best of Scottish crime writing, often referred to as "Tartan Noir". I couldn't agree more, having read two of the Laidlaw series. The plots & characters are masterful & capture one's interest from first to last page. The artistry of McIlvanney's writing is exquisite, not to mention his unbeatable humor. [...]

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    19. Laidlaw was very, very good, this isn't better but it continues the best of Laidlaw, the philosophy the self-questioning and the twists of plot, the random bleaknesses of life. I wonder how this feels so fresh and up-to-the minute for something published in 1985 when other books, less than half a dozen years ago, feel already-aged. So, so satisfying.And having re-read Laidlaw, I have to continue with the others. I never remember how the plot works out, no more than I do the many many clever and [...]

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    20. A follow up to Laidlaw which was brilliant and clearly pointed the way for the newer tartan noir writers like Rankin May be a bit of a struggle for non-Scots. Publisher needs to add an E version with lots of help screens. (Actually I am a Scot but not a Glaswegian. I'm taking it slow with a Scots Dictionary at the ready!!) Example "Wimpey reefer" took me a while. I'm thinking hamburgers? drugs? before I recall "reefer" is a jacket and "Wimpey" a construction company. Got to buy a copy when it's [...]

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    21. The second in the Laidlaw series from William McIlvaney and another masterclass in Tartan Noir. The plot drives you through the book, but more important than that is the rich, multi-layered writing, the wonderfully drawn, dark Glasgow cityscape, the gallows humour and the thoughts of Jack Laidlaw. The novel ponders on the personality of the Scots and their view of the world, as well as on crime, punishment, and the meaning of life. A fantastic read.

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    22. I think I enjoyed this sequel to Laidlaw better than the original book. Again it has a convoluted plot, but the characters are wonderfully drawn, and the dialogue is full of rich Glaswegian humour. McIlvanney's writing is superb, and I'm tempted to get a copy of the book on Kindle just so I can highlight the sections that really struck me while reading it.

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    23. The second Laidlaw novel has many high spots: real menace; deft literary touches; and a well-worked plot. However, it doesn't gel together especially well, the literary touches, deft as they are, sometime detract from the action. Too many good things, pulling in different directions. However, it is a very different take on genre fiction.

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    24. took a bit of effort to get into this. its written in the first person so thats a drastic change from the first two Laidlaw books but the technique does allow us to get a deeper understanding of Laidlaws thought process and motivations.

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    25. McIlvanney The Laidlaw trilogy is not only a master class in what has become Scottish crime noir. But , offers the greatest insight into a city, and the city's recent past . McIlvanney really gets Glasgow and vivid pictures of my home town drip from his dark imagination.

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    26. Yes. Uhhhhhh I think like a year has passed and he's divorced his wife at this point? Honestly for the life of me I can't remember anything about this. Glasgow doesn't improve much in the interim. Laidlaw is more Laidlawish. I dunno.

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    27. one of my all time favourite Scottish books, an an excellent central character and plenty interesting detail

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    28. Dark murder, twisted motives and a tortured soul!

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    29. Authentic, frantically paced story which pushes you to race through this book. Another great read.

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    30. Hard boiled and tragic with the city of Glasgow a real character that contributes towards events in a discernible way. Laid law is a white knight in a world of lowlifes.

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