The Dark Remains William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin

Book Forum for your reviews and favourite authors
Post Reply
User avatar
marymary
Global Moderator
Posts: 9911
Joined: December 31st, 2009, 7:59 pm
Mood:
Has thanked: 344 times
Been thanked: 309 times

The Dark Remains William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin

Post by marymary »

It’s difficult to tell where McIlvanney leaves off and Rankin takes over which, considering the circumstances, is a plus. The Dark Remains is a cut above the usual police procedural although it is written sequentially with no jumps in the time line. What has happened previously is worked out through dialogue and interviews. Glasgow in the time of Cumbie, Toi and hardened criminals wasn’t for the faint hearted. Weapons included knives and spanners with the odd gun thrown in for good measure - a real mean city.

Laidlaw is a working detective who has no truck with silly handshakes or those who have climbed up the ranks by rolling up a trouser leg. This does not make him popular with the biggest gang in Scotland. Laidlaw is the kind of man a woman might like to spend the night with but he is not husband material, which is a shame for his wife and children. He’s a policeman who happens to be a man rather than a man who happens to be a policeman. He drinks, spends nights in hotels rather than going home and is too clever not to solve everything before his superiors.

A second in command of one crime gang is found dead and clues suggest that this is the start of a war between the professionals and possibly the wannabes. Red herring abound but the clues are there from the very beginning.
The droll Glasgow patter is captured very well in this novel. Having had Willie Mac as an English teacher I think he would have enjoyed reading the finished article.

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-da ... 1838854102
033FE7FF-5BA2-461D-A8D3-A94593B761D0.jpeg
033FE7FF-5BA2-461D-A8D3-A94593B761D0.jpeg (35.86 KiB) Viewed 88 times

User avatar
Little John
member
Posts: 13644
Joined: January 2nd, 2010, 1:46 pm
Location: SE London
Mood:
Has thanked: 443 times
Been thanked: 275 times

Re: The Dark Remains William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin

Post by Little John »

I wonder why they decided to work together? But the detective sounds very Rankin.
Yes this is the real "Little John" (or it could be "colin whose birthday is the day after mine)

User avatar
marymary
Global Moderator
Posts: 9911
Joined: December 31st, 2009, 7:59 pm
Mood:
Has thanked: 344 times
Been thanked: 309 times

Re: The Dark Remains William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin

Post by marymary »

Little John wrote:
September 20th, 2021, 1:08 pm
I wonder why they decided to work together? But the detective sounds very Rankin.
They didn’t really. McIlvanney died before completing the novel. His widow passed the notes onto Rankin to finish because Rankin has often spoken well of Willie. Laidlaw, the character, is very McIlvanney. Rankin claimed that it influenced his Rebus books.

Post Reply