I’m a big fan of Detective Laidlaw. William McIlvanney’s titular detective didn’t set out to solve crimes but resolve the world. Danny Felix, a kind of modern gentleman highwayman, comes from a different place, London. But corrupt cops, the places where the sun doesn’t shine and the good and the true, all come together in a plot that begins with a bang and ends with a bigger bang. 38 short chapters, which ends with 28 Days Later. A stiletto to the head and heart.