The search for Tony Veitch by William McIlvanney Review

Jack barely understand what does that mean: “The wine, which the has given me, that was none.” The few words squeeze was Eck Adamson found it hard enough. Then it came to an end with him. he had just in time calls for Jack, and therefore had come all the way to the emergency room of. Jack Laidlaw is Detective Inspector in Crime Squad, but not a pencil pusher. He must take in the city (Glasgow in the seventies), the people and their problems through a sort of “osmosis”.

The acquaintance with Eck was one of his many capillaries.

Eck, who actually Alexander said, a homeless alcoholics without family, without friends, one of the “urban Bedouins,” which in the summer to “retracted trade routes” was by Glasgow vagabond and crawl in winter descent. Occasionally, he put Jack more or less useful information and, therefore, looked at the police perhaps as a kind friend – “possible that he had no better”. Who could probably have made the effort to put a wine bottle with poison to end this dismal life, and why?

For Jack Laidlaw it makes no difference whether a crime victims from the establishment originates or the social no man’s land.

He is following this murder case consistently to an obsession until it has completely cleared him. His colleague, Detective Constable Brian Harkness will support him, even if he finds Jack’s ethics rather exaggerated. But finally you can Jacks enthusiasm “ignore any more than a singing parade of the Salvation Army.

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” At the end of the day Brian accepts the unpredictable moods, casual comments and crazy ideas of his boss, so she appreciates even more.

Many clues not find the policemen Ecks few legacies. has on a scruffy piece of paper someone – certainly not himself Eck – held with neat handwriting a few lines of philosophical home cooking on social morality, virtue and idealism, including two names (Lynsey bullocks, Paddy Collins), the name of a pub (The Crib), an address lead in the upper-class neighborhood Pollokshields and a seven-digit number.

the sparse notes the two investigators to the center of Glasgow’s underworld, freshly roughed up by two rival gangs. The driving force in the background is a young man named Tony Veitch: grew up in Pollokshields, “where money grows on trees”, heir to the mother’s fortune, fallen out with the dominant father, until recently enrolled as a student, he threw just before the final exams the chunks disappeared back and without a trace. What is behind Tony’s disappearance? Why is the entire underworld behind him?

The crime novel “The Papers of Tony Veitch” is the second part of a trilogy about the dedicated Detective Inspector Jack Laidlaw (see bibliography at the end) with the Noir genre, explained the author, screenwriter and poet William McIlvanney Tartan Noir , the Scottish variant. The protagonists of this since the nineties immensely popular crime species differ from their ancestors by rather appear unappealing because unfriendly, vicious, underhanded, and the like. Your personal crises form an equivalent plot line next to the investigation progress. Together with the often tough descriptions of violence and its consequences these novels convey a cynical, pessimistic worldview. Tartan Noir (represented by Tony Black
Val McDermid.

“The Betrayal” in Books reviews ” review code], Ian Rankin, Louise Welsh and others) is like based in the deprived areas of Glasgow and other Scottish cities, the celebrated poet McIlvanney as successes, adds a poetic component, a visually expressive style to;. you have even compared the author with Albert Camus In the UK, has been rediscovered the trilogy 2013/2014 and reissued that may be that this also McIlvanneys highly regarded political commitment. an independent Scotland has played a role. in September 2014 (since failed narrowly the Scottish referendum) brought the Antje Kunstmann publishing house “Laidlaw”, the input volume of the trilogy, followed in a new translation out in February 2015 “the search for Tony Veitch” – and stormed back in March No. 1 on the Crime-time best list of tIME online and Nordwestradio Whatever verursa the surprising success after four decades. have cht where the first editions in German but had excited little attention?

Great merit has certainly Conny deletes fresh new translation that McIlvanneys style better for brings validity and the crime rejuvenated spirits has breathed. Those who enjoy original comparisons, will repeatedly encounter insane “like” links “She was a blonde in her late twenties and so subtly like a trumpet fanfare.” – appearance of a young man, “whistling like a bush full of blackbirds, at the head of an invisible parade.” – “Thoughts went just past him like the cars of a train, he had just missed.”

A very idiosyncratic charm sprayed on the other hand, the dense atmospheric depiction of Glasgow, the “City of stares.” matured over the decades, originally sharp social criticism relevance has gained an almost nostalgic touch. Since everything is still clearly separated good and evil. The gangsters beat up or swing the knife, while at vorderster front of Good protagonist Jack Laidlaw fights. By giving everything for his job, his marriage goes down the drain with two children; Alcohol and a mistress give the lone consolation. Nice he is not: “The mere contacts with Laidlaw to shake [was like] trying a hedgehog hand.” Even the slightly dusty atmosphere of the seventies encourages reflection about the “good old days” at. Phone booths rather than smartphones, records instead of iPods, no computers, no Internet, but everywhere plump full, smoky pubs where today probably hamburger chains dominate.

At that time, Glasgow still a bleak industrial town with decaying heavy industry and mass unemployment; the sensational structural change began in the eighties; 1990 Glasgow European Capital of Culture. Despite its qualities McIlvanneys crime also has weaknesses. The plot is not terribly exciting, homespun the motive for the murders. Entering the chapter can be cumbersome if you sometimes something with a new setting, new people and changing narrative perspective is confronted too cumbersome and needs to find orientation before you can dive into the action. Conclusion:. A profit is the rediscovery of this once pioneering novels all, and the best successful translation provides a lot of enjoyment. Surely the Antje Kunstmann publishing will be followed by the third part of the trilogy soon

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