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Strange Loyalties

(1991)
(The third book in the Jack Laidlaw series)
A novel by

 
 
The third Laidlaw novel from the Father of Tartan Noir explores "the ruin of the body, the corruption of the soul and the shattering of society" (The Wall Street Journal).

Strange Loyalties begins with Jack Laidlaw's despair and anger at his brother's death in a banal road accident. But his nagging doubts about the dynamics of the incident lead to larger questions about the nature of pain and injustice and the greater meaning of his own life. He becomes convinced there is more to his brother's death. His investigations will lead to a confrontation with his own past and a harrowing journey into the dark Glasgow underworld.

The Laidlaw books are widely considered to be among the greatest achievements of Scottish crime writing and the founding novels of what has since become known as the school of Tartan Noir that includes authors like Val McDermid, Denise Mina, and Ian Rankin.

"This extraordinary and beautifully written novel . . . sets a high standard among contemporary thrillers. . . . Strange Loyalties, like its detective hero, is captivating and unforgettable." - Publishers Weekly

Praise for William McIlvanney and the Laidlaw series
"A crime trilogy so searing it will burn forever into your memory. McIlvanney is the original Scottish criminal mastermind." - Christopher Brookmyre, international bestselling author

"The Laidlaw books are like fine malt whiskey - the pure distilled essence of Scottish crime writing." - Peter May, international bestselling author

"Fastest, first and best, Laidlaw is the melancholy heir to Marlowe. Reads like a breathless scalpel cut through the bloody heart of a city." - Denise Mina, award-winning author of Conviction

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for William McIlvanney's Strange Loyalties

Hardback Editions

November 2013 : UK Hardback

Title: Strange Loyalties
Author(s): William McIlvanney
ISBN: 1-4713-4638-2 / 978-1-4713-4638-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windsor
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May 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: Strange Loyalties
Author(s): William McIlvanney
ISBN: 0-688-11413-X / 978-0-688-11413-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
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August 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: Strange Loyalties
Author(s): William Mcilvanney
ISBN: 0-340-53378-1 / 978-0-340-53378-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Paperback Editions

April 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: Strange Loyalties (Laidlaw Trilogy)
Author(s): William McIlvanney
ISBN: 1-83885-111-9 / 978-1-83885-111-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Thorn
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April 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Strange Loyalties (Laidlaw)
Author(s): William McIlvanney
ISBN: 1-60945-253-4 / 978-1-60945-253-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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June 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Strange Loyalties (Laidlaw 3) (Laidlaw Trilogy)
Author(s): William McIlvanney
ISBN: 0-85786-993-0 / 978-0-85786-993-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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June 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: Strange Loyalties (Harvest Book)
Author(s): William McIlvanney
ISBN: 0-15-685644-1 / 978-0-15-685644-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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August 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Strange Loyalties
Author(s): William Mcilvanney
ISBN: 0-340-57460-7 / 978-0-340-57460-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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Audio Editions

November 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Strange Loyalties: 3 (Laidlaw)
Author(s): William McIlvanney
ISBN: 0-655-63251-4 / 978-0-655-63251-1
Publisher: Bolinda/Canongate audio
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November 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Strange Loyalties: 3 (Laidlaw)
Author(s): William McIlvanney
ISBN: 0-655-63252-2 / 978-0-655-63252-8
Publisher: Bolinda/Canongate audio
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September 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Strange Loyalties: Laidlaw Trilogy, Book 3
Author(s): William McIlvanney
Publisher: Canongate Books
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September 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Strange Loyalties: Laidlaw Trilogy, Book 3
Author(s): William McIlvanney
Publisher: Canongate Books
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September 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Strange Loyalties: Laidlaw Trilogy, Book 3
Author(s): William McIlvanney
Publisher: Canongate Books
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September 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Strange Loyalties: Laidlaw Trilogy, Book 3
Author(s): William McIlvanney
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Strange Loyalties (The Laidlaw Investigation Book 3)
Author(s): William McIlvanney
Publisher: Europa Editions
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June 2013 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Strange Loyalties (Laidlaw Trilogy Book 3)
Author(s): William McIlvanney
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU