Liam McIlvanney moves to HarperFiction

Rights - Fiction Wednesday, 15 March 2017

'We all love this!' says publisher Julia Wisdom

Julia Wisdom at HarperFiction has won an auction to sign two thrillers by Liam McIlvanney, previously published by Faber. HarperFiction has UK and Commonwealth rights (exc Canada) through James Gill at United Agents.

The Quaker (summer 2018) and its follow-up will feature Detective Inspector Duncan McCormack. It is set in 1969 in Glasgow, where three women are abducted from a dance hall and killed by a murderer dubbed The Quaker. DI McCormack, parachuted in from the Flying Squad to report back on the stalled case, is an outsider on several counts, and the tensions between him and his colleagues underpin an increasingly fraught and twisting narrative.

Wisdom said: "This is an unusual and wonderfully textured thriller, set in a fascinating period - the late Sixties when Glasgow is being modernised, and the old ways are clashing with the new. McCormack is a brilliant creation, complicated and utterly convincing, who has what it takes to become a seriously engaging series protagonist. It's not often one comes across such a powerfully individual voice in this area, but Liam McIlvanney is one such. He convincingly brings to life the Glasgow of the past, and has peopled his electrifying thriller with a fully realized gallery of vivid characters. We all love this!"

McIlvanney - son of the late novelist William McIlvanney - is based in New Zealand, where he is the Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies at the University of Otago.

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