The Quaker

The Quaker

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’s taken his next victim — the third woman from the same nightclub — and dumped her in the street like rubbish. The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. After six months, DI Duncan McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation — with a view to shutting it down for good.

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, for McCormack is an outcast in more ways than one. 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 . . .

Brilliantly crafted with great depth and nuance, The Quaker is an electrifying thriller that expertly captures the gritty atmosphere of paranoia and hopelessness in a city on the verge of a great upheaval.

Title:The Quaker
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781487003753
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    The Quaker Reviews

  • Paromjit

    McIlvanney draws on the true crime history of Bible John in his creation of The Quaker, a bible quoting serial killer roaming the streets of Glasgow in 1968-69. He has killed three women feeding the c...

  • Stephen Robert Collins

    First of all the copy I have has comply different cover, a boring seen of wet park bench with few trees & few flat roof houses in the background not like this much better cover.You know a book is goin...

  • Ken

    Loosely based on the ‘Bible John’ serial killer that plagued Glasgow in the late 1960’s. With so many crime stories set in the Scottish City, I felt that this was a clever way to try and stand o...

  • Louise Wilson

    Duncan McCormack #1 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 th...

  • Sandy

    Great, gritty tartan noir. Set in 1960's Glasgow, it's harkens back to the time of a city controlled by gangsters who control the cops. Or some of them anyway. In steps a young DI determined to nail a...

  • William

    4-starsThis 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 go...

  • Lou

    Liam McIlvanney is not an author I had any knowledge of before discovering "The Quaker". I usually am aware of crime/thriller/mystery writers and fantasy authors even if I haven't read anything by the...

  • Thebooktrail

    This isn't going to be on the Glasgow Tourist boards list of recommended reads anytime soon! Although it is apparently inspired by a real life event which took place in the 1960s. The scene setting an...

  • Jannelies

    Next time I’m going to visit Glasgow I will see the city with different eyes. As a tourist, I’ve seen hotels, restaurants, the congress center, museums and numerous shops of course. Maybe I should...

  • Vanessa

    This is more of a 3.5 star read, but as I don't officially do half stars, it remains as a 3 star read for Goodreads's sake.By the time I had finished reading The Quaker, I was actually very pleasantly...