Liam McIlvanney is a Scottish-born crime fiction writer and academic in the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago and the inaugural holder of the Stuart Chair in Scottish studies at Otago. He has written for numerous publications, including the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. His debut, Burns the Radical, won the Saltire First Book Award, and Where the Dead Men Go, won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. In 2018, two years after the award for the best Scottish crime novel was renamed in honour of his father, nicknamed the ‘godfather of tartan noir’, William McIlvanney, Liam landed the prize for his most recent novel, The Quaker.
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