Where the Dead Men Go

Where the Dead Men Go

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After three years in the wilderness, hardboiled reporter Gerry Conway is back at his desk at the Glasgow Tribune. But three years is a long time on newspapers and things have changed - readers are dwindling, budgets are tightening, and the Trib's once rigorous standards are slipping. Once the paper's star reporter, Conway now plays second fiddle to his former protege, crime reporter Martin Moir.

But when Moir goes AWOL as a big story breaks, Conway is dispatched to cover a gangland shooting. And when Moir's body turns up in a flooded quarry, Conway is drawn deeper into the city's criminal underworld as he looks for the truth about his colleague's death. Braving the hostility of gangsters, ambitious politicians and his own newspaper bosses, Conway discovers he still has what it takes to break a big story. But this is a story not everyone wants to hear as the city prepares to host the Commonwealth Games and the country gears up for a make-or-break referendum on independence.

In this, the second book in the Conway Trilogy, McIlvanney explores the murky interface of crime and politics in the new Scotland.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 26mm | 464g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 9780571239856
  • 416,146

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A terrific, ultra-modern crime novel ... delivered in lyrical, emotive and often piercing prose, it's an assured and classy addition to the ranks of Scotland's crime-writing scene. Doug Johnstone Independent on Sunday
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A terrific, ultra-modern crime novel ... delivered in lyrical, emotive and often piercing prose, it's an assured and classy addition to the ranks of Scotland's crime-writing scene. -- Doug Johnstone Independent on Sunday 'This novel reveals a talent that outshines even his famous relatives. The novel's appetite for the life and language of Glasgow is intoxicating. 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. -- Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail 'Is there no end to the procession of Scottish writers excelling in the crime genre? In his second novel, Where the Dead Men Go, Liam McIlvanney shows himself to be in the same league as his illustrious compatriots ... McIlvanney tells the story with clarity, terrific dialogue and convincing characters. -- Marcel Berlins The Times WHERE THE DEAD MEN GO is a well written novel, full of believable characters and dialogue. The pace of the book is a slow build up to an exciting conclusion ... Recommended. eurocrime.co.uk
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About Liam McIlvanney

Liam McIlvanney was born in Ayrshire. He is the author of Burns the Radical and All the Colours of the Town. He lives in Dunedin with his wife and four sons.
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360 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
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4 49% (177)
3 21% (75)
2 3% (11)
1 1% (5)

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Thrilling Thriller This is the second in Liam McIIvanney's Conway mysteries and this is a fine example of what a crime thriller should be about. There is a wonderful pulsating pace throughout the book as the Glasgow underworld and all that brings weaves its way through the pages of the novel. Gerry Conway is the Political Editor of the Sunday Tribune after an enforced absence due to his previous role as the Crime Editor and bringing down a politician and a Gangland Godfather. He looks with some jealousy at his friend and colleague Martin Moir who now holds that job. It is not until he starts to worry about why he has not seen his friend for a few days that things start falling in to place, and when he is found dead it is Gerry who is pressing the police for action, as he runs a counter investigation. While doing the two jobs of politics and crime while investigating his friends death that brings him in to contact with the leaders of rival crime mobs, which brings him to contact with the leadership of Glasgow City Council. At the same time we are brought in to contact with a lot of "Glasgow baggage", sectarian football support, the split up of the rival gangs, the UVF and UDA, eastern European prostitutes and heroin. Like all investigative crime journalists this brings him to the attention of all the major players in crime and politics, which always seem entwined, which in turn always means a funeral or two. Conway is so concerned about his own safety and the protection of his own family he has to watch as his partner goes to her parents in New Zealand and his ex-wife's husband accepts a job in Aberdeen. This is a wonderful crime thriller which sees the death of a major crime lord by the son of another at the end of the book. But the thrill of this crime novel is in everything that builds to the ending like a crescendo of thunder and lightening. This is a wonderful crime read and well worth reading, as it brings to life the gritty underworld of Glasgow and how some need that underworld belly to survive in their own jobs. While at the same time that criminal underbelly is trying to legitimise the ways in which it makes money, and launders the rest of their own cash. Great read it - get it as soon as you can.show more
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