23 Jan 2022

Caledonian Noir with Liam McIlvaney

From The Weekend , 9:08 am on 23 January 2022

Liam McIlvanney is one of the most distinguished British crime fiction writers around these days. He also happens to be a Scotsman who lives in Dunedin.After his first novel, All the Colours of the Town in 2009, McIlvanney went on to publish Where The Dead Men Go in 2013, which won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best New Zealand Crime Novel in 2014.

In 2018 he published The Quaker, introducing us to DI McCormack, the detective inspector tasked with solving the mystery of a Bible-quoting serial killer stalking the streets of late-60s Glasgow. The Quaker was met with rapturous acclaim and received the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year - an award named after Liam's father, the acclaimed crime writer William McIlvanney, often referred to as the father of Tartan Noir.

Liam's fourth novel, the Heretic, the second featuring DI McCormack, which was published this week.

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Photo: Otago University