Strange Loyalties

Strange Loyalties

Book - 1991
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Before the opening of Strange Loyalites, Scott, the brother of no-nonsense Glasgow detective James Laidlaw, has stepped in front of a car and been killed. Because there is no doubt that the driver was innocent, Laidlaw seeks to find out not whodunnit? but rather why the death occurred--what private demons and self-compromises haunted his brother's life.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [1991]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©1991
ISBN: 9780688114138
068811413X
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 24 cm

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gvenkatesh
Oct 17, 2015

Superb storytelling via the protagonist philosopher-detective's soliloquy which gets the reader totally immersed in the character's mind into which the author never seems to intrude. A mind that is rich in observation, poignancy, self-effacing humor and perceptive philosophical musings. Beautiful turns of phrase that tickle the mind and entertain throughout so not a book to be skimmed superficially just for the plot. Readers who enjoy the beauty of language will appreciate this novel much more. Simple and yet elegant.

The plot is more of a gloomy setting befitting the Scottish weather than typical dark European Noir but the expression is very unique. Not a deep or complicated plot. but the novel reinforces the fact that Noir is more about depths of human condition than blood and gore.

Search for payphones and landlines betray the original publication in the 70s but the characters are all fresh, universal and engagingly human.

Recommended.

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