Book review: The Quaker, by Liam McIlvanney

Most Scottish readers will immediately identify the inspiration behind Liam McIlvanney’s new novel. In Glasgow, in 1969, women are being killed by a man with a penchant for Biblical quotation and, it seems, an obsession with menstruation. But instead of being a retread of the ghastly and unsolved Bible John case, the book also morphs into a far more elaborate study of Glasgow in that period. In many ways its closest cousin would be Denise Mina’s The Long Drop, which similarly took real crimes and looked at hidden causes – indeed serial killer Peter Manuel, the subject of that novel, appears... read more

 
17 July 2018 in Lifestyle, Views: 47
Source: Scotsman
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