He's the Godfather of Tartan Noir - the genre he kicked off with the groundbreaking Laidlaw and now it's been re-released by Edinburgh publisher Canongate.
I caught up with McIlvanney yesterday to do a little interview which will be cropping up soon, but in the meantime, here's the man himself giving an impromptu reading from the CWA Silver Dagger-winning Laidlaw in Glasgow's famous Rogano restaurant.
Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. When a young woman is found brutally murdered on Glasgow Green, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the hard men, gangland villains and self-made moneymen who lurk in the city's shadows.
:: Check out the book that kicked-off this Tartan Noir malarkey at Amazon.