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The Quaker

by Liam McIlvanney

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Quaker

A commanding, tenacious, and entirely gripping tale set in Glasgow during 1969. The Quaker kills three women, DI McCormack joins the investigation as it staggers on, will they ever catch the killer? The prologue immediately puts the story into context and firmly sets the time in place. Liam McIlvanney then set an explosion in my path, an unexpected statement took my breath and launched me straight into the heart of the tale. The story spoke to me, I had to keep reading, didn’t want to stop, and so it became a read in one-sitting book for me. There are sections that starkly slapped my awareness, making me sit up and take note. DI McCormack has lodged himself in my mind and I seriously want to see him again! A light shines on the writing, to expose, to highlight the dark grimness that sits within the pages, ensuring ‘The Quaker’ is a powerful, satisfyingly convincing read.

Liz Robinson

The Quaker Synopsis

His name fills the streets with fear... In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Liam McIlvanney, a serial killer stalks the streets of Glasgow and DI McCormack follows a trail of secrets to uncover the truth...

A city torn apart. Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: the Quaker. He takes his next victim - the third woman from the same nightclub - and dumps her in the street like rubbish. A detective with everything to prove. The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation. But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon he learns just how difficult life can be for an outsider. A killer who hunts in the shadows. When another woman is found murdered in a tenement flat, it's clear the case is by no means over. From ruined backstreets to the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city - and his life - forever...

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The Quaker Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Want a thriller that hooks you from the start then this absorbing, atmospheric and hard hitting thriller is the one for you. Loved it Full review

Phylippa Smithson

Gosh!! What a good read this was! Full review

Marjorie Lacy

Enthralling thriller that keeps you turning the pages Full review

Diane Hinchley

A very well written novel with great characterisation that really gets into the depth of things. Full review

Bev Taylor

The Quaker Press Reviews

'This is a terrific novel, dark, powerful and beautifully written. I finished it a while ago, but I'm still haunted by the characters and the place' - Ann Cleeves, bestselling author the Shetland and Vera crime series

'There's nothing like a thriller done really well and All the Colours of the Town is a perfect example of why talented writers ought not to shy away from tackling genre novels. Noir doesn't need to be pap; this is a smart and engrossing crime novel' - Observer

'This is a bold, impressive debut'  -Daily Telegraph

'McIlvanney evokes the city's dark underbelly with razor-like accuracy, and the novel roars off the page like a wild beast on the loose ... Superb storytelling, a wonderful eye for character, and a passion for dialogue; it announces the arrival of a Scots poet of the thriller'  - Daily Mail

'McIlvanney tells the story with clarity, terrific dialogue and convincing characters' - The Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008259914
Publication date: 28/06/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008259914
Publication date: 28th June 2018
Author: Liam McIlvanney
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Liam McIlvanney

Liam McIlvanney was born in Scotland and studied at the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. He has written for numerous publications, including the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. His debut, Burns the Radical, won the Saltire First Book Award, and his most recent book, Where the Dead Men Go, won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. He is Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He lives in Dunedin with his wife and four sons.

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