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The Rap Sheet: McIlvanney Takes the Marsh

The Rap Sheet: McIlvanney Takes the Marsh.

deadmengo“Liam McIlvanney, a professor of Scottish Studies at New Zealand’s University of Otago, has won the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Judges of this year’s competition applauded his tale Where the Dead Men Go (Faber and Faber, 2013)–the second entry in his series about Glasgow journalist Gerry Conway–as a ‘fascinating, brilliant, and challenging’ work of fiction.”

From the Publisher: 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 protégé, 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.

The Rap Sheet offers a free e-mail newsletter for fans of crime fiction. It’s a great resource for new books, awards and author news.

–Malcolm

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