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The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney & Ian Rankin

A prequel to the Jack Laidlaw series by William McIlvanney, the father of Tartan Noir, who died in 2015 leaving half a manuscript, completed by Rebus author Ian Rankin.

Set in 1970s Glasgow, the story revolves around the murder of a defense lawyer and two local gangs. Generally speaking, when an author dies I’d prefer if they stayed dead, (spare me the spate of Robert B. Parkers, the Stieg Larssons, the eternal V.C. Andrews) but this reads true, like a respectful yet page turning homage, the exception to the rule.

Adult Fiction Hardcover pr6312495

On Animals by Susan Orlean

A collection of essays from the author of The Library Book and The Orchid Thief, about animals and those that love them.

Highly entertaining, both easy and a joy to read in Orlean’s signature style (she loves deer but refers to them as “cloven hooved disease vectors” for the ticks they carry that have infected her, her husband and dogs with Lyme Disease). Even if you’re not “animalish,” as she calls it, I dare you to read the introduction without laughter and delight.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr6288593

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