Posted on December 11, 2020 at 11:57 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Novelist Ian Rankin eulogized fellow Scottish crime writer William McIlvanney as his hero, upon the latter’s death in 2015.

This year, he received a new opportunity to contribute to the legacy of the “godfather of tartan noir” — the invitation to complete one of McIlvanney’s drafts.

The Guardian reports that McIlvanney’s widow brought notes for a novel called The Dark Remains to his publisher, who in turn shared it with Rankin.

The book is a prequel to McIlvanney’s Jack Laidlaw detective novels and is expected out September 2.

Read more about Rankin’s emotions about and process of completing his idol’s novel in the Guardian.

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