Quaker
Liam McIlvanney, Read by Angus King

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Narrated By: Angus King

Duration: 11 hours and 3 minutes

What to expect

The Quaker is watching you…

In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Liam McIlvanney, a serial killer stalks the streets of Glasgow and DI McCormack follows a trail of secrets to uncover the truth…

Winner of the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year

A city torn apart.
It is 1969 and Glasgow has been brought to its knees by a serial killer spreading fear throughout the city. The Quaker has taken three women from the same nightclub and brutally murdered them in the backstreets.

A detective with everything to prove.
Now, six months later, the police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. They call in DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands. But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair.

A killer who hunts in the shadows.
Soon another woman is found murdered in a run-down tenement flat. And McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city – and his life – forever…

Genre

Crime & mystery fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction

Listen to a sample

’It's one of those novels that as soon as I finished it, I looked forward to reading it again. Not only did I love the evocative recreation of Glasgow but the characters created were refreshing and surprising. It was such a pleasure to read’ Susan Calman

‘Every aspect of The Quaker is superb’ Washington Post

‘A vivid portrayal of a city’ Sun

‘A totally gripping murder mystery, thought provoking but thoroughly entertaining’ NB Magazine

‘Pacy, inventive, assured – and authentic … a story of brilliantly crafted shifts of plot and pace … McIlvanney is a writer with unfolding, developing and substantial gifts’ The Herald

‘Skilfully dovetailed … atmospheric … a solidly crafted and satisfying detective story’ Laura Wilson, Guardian

‘An absolute master of Tartan noir … the corruption of the late Sixties is splendidly evoked, as is DI Duncan McCormack’ Daily Mail

'Atmospheric and arresting, The Quaker reveals 1960s Glasgow in all its lurid shades' Val McDermid

'This is a terrific novel, dark, powerful and beautifully written. I finished it a while ago, but I'm still haunted by the characters and the place' Ann Cleeves

‘The Quaker is one of my favourite reads of the year. A powerhouse of a book with Liam McIlvanney's full lyrical powers on display. Loved it’ Steve Cavanagh

‘Another atmospheric, scary and utterly brilliant book from Liam McIlvanney. Superb’ Adrian McKinty

Praise for Liam McIlvanney:

‘An authentic, atmospheric and ambitious debut’ Val McDermid

‘Gripping, unflinching … McIlvanney has flair and assurance and executes a powerful tale with all the dexterous sensitivity and ballsy swagger the subject is due’ Scotland on Sunday

‘This is a bold, impressive debut’ Daily Telegraph

‘Superb storytelling, a wonderful eye for character, and a passion for dialogue’ Daily Mail

‘McIlvanney tells the story with clarity, terrific dialogue and convincing characters’ The Times