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
You know a book is going to be good when the author as both T.S.Eliot 's 'East Coker
& The 'Silver Blaze' by Conan Doyle quotes.
Last year we had Ragdoll this year we have Quaker. This one of those sort of books that you just know its going to be corker. We have the voices of the victims telling you how they died. ...more
With so many crime stories set in the Scottish City, I felt that this was a clever way to try and stand out amongst so many other novels.
Though the story was engaging enough, I found myself searching the internet to find out exactly what actually happened during 1968/69.
Any investigation of this nature will hit stumbling blocks, but the meandering nature of the plot made me reach for Wikipedia.
The novels str ...more
Set in Glasgow in the late 1960's, to a time where the city was controlled by gangsters who also had some control over the police. The local press are making a laughing stock of the police force. Now, the police have brought someone in to observe the officers conducting the investigation into a serial killer called the Quaker who had brutally murdered three local women. The women had all left the same nightclub. DI Duncan McCormack is the officer brought in to observe and ens ...more
This is a very good crime novel, set in the Glasgow area, and packed with the sights, language and culture of the late 1960s. The prose is very good throughout, and the pacing is mostly very good.
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McCormack is dropped into a serial murder case in Glasgow, on secondment from the Flying Squad. He's expected to wind ...more
The setting also had an impact on my decision to read the book. It is based in Glasgow and I have found in the past that some of the very best crime novels are either based in Scotland, written by a Scot or both. I live j ...more
The Quaker gives connotations of a life gone by and the historical aspect was nicely done. The name brings fear to everyone in a city already o ...more
By the time I had finished reading The Quaker, I was actually very pleasantly surprised. What had started out as a somewhat meandering crime novel turned into a surprisingly involved and intricate web of murder and deception. I think I could have potentially given up on this during the first third of the novel if it wasn't for the fact that I'm a bit of a sucker for any nove ...more
As far as sense of time and place goes, this author has it spot on, enveloping you into the world seamlessly. The story itself is compelling and gritty with a huge sense of atmosphere and a good snapshot of a different way of doing things.
My one issue was the meandering and occasionally unfocused nature of the drama playing out on the page. There were large swathes of ...more
The year is 1969, forty years off the technical advancements of t ...more
DI Duncan McCormack arrives in Glasgow from the Highlands to evaluate the police department's work on the Quaker cases. As more women are murdered and the pressure from the media and the public mounts, a suspect is arrested. Everyone is elated, and only DI McCormack believes the arrested suspect is not the ...more
DI Duncan McCormack is sent to assess the work of The Quaker murder enquiry seven months after the last murder. The team is working hard but has still to find a suspect but when a fourth body is found McCormack joins the hunt and soon finds some leads.
I enjoyed The Quaker which is a police procedural with its roots in true crime. No Glaswegian ...more
I really liked the main character DI McCormack: his sensitivity, the difficult situation he finds himself in, and his secret. If anything, I'd have liked a bit more about his secret - it seemed too downplayed.
My editor's ey ...more
McIlvanney is very good at establishing a sense of place and time, creating believable characters and dialogue that sounds more recorded than created.
It's late 1969 in Glasgow and three women are dead - raped and murdered by 'the Quaker', whose sini ...more
DI Duncan McCormack, a high flyer from another team, has bee ...more
Although Duncan had been unwilling to leav ...more
Atmospheric and authentic are the best adjectives to describe this story. The menacing ethos of 1960s Glasgow is apparent on every page and is compelling.
The characters' prejudices and secrets vividly depicted make them realistic. The sinister undercurrent as people wonder when 'The Quaker'will kill again makes for a tense thriller. The murders are described in painstaking detail but not overly graphic, just enough to inform the plot and allow the reader to glimpse the horror of the crime.
He, though has other thoughts and soon starts a new investigation, which of course does not win him any points in a popularity contest. up against his colleagues he doggedly continues unravelling threads of i ...more
A serial killer, dubbed the Quaker, had killed three women after meeting them at a dance hall. The police have a lot of clues including a description of the killer, but they fail to find him. After the third victim, the killings stop and ...more
He set himself quite a difficult task, since 'The Quaker' closely parallels the infamous 'Bible John' murders in late sixties Glasgow, so therefore within the living memory of qu ...more
The story takes that story and embellishes it into one of the best books I have read in a long time
The story is gripping, implelling, a real page-turner
The characters are like friends
The atmpshpoere is dark
What an amazing book
He was never caught.
Literary professor and award-winning novelist Liam McIlvanney explores the effect of those killings on his home city in THE QUAKER, a novel with strong echoes of Glasgow’s real past. He shows a de ...more