I can't actually recall where and when I heard of McIlvanney, but from my less than comprehensive notes, I acquired his three Laidlaw books back in the second half of 2012.
Laidlaw was read back in October, 2012. For some bizarre reason I scored it a 4 from 5.
Numbers 2 and 3 are as yet unread, though I have signed up to a Read Scotland Challenge and will hope to tackle them this year at some point.
THE PAPERS OF TONY VEITCH
Originally published in 1983 and nominated for an Edgar Award in 1984, a prize which was scooped by Elmore Leonard's La Brava.
Third and last in the series, published originally in 1991.