William McIlvanney is credited with being the founder the Tartan Noir movement that includes authors such as Denise Mina, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, all of whom cite him as an influence an and inspiration. The Laidlaw trilogy "changed the face of Scottish fiction." His "Docherty" won the Whitbread Award for Fiction. "Laidlaw "and" The Papers of Tony Veitch" both gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association. "Strange Loyalties" won the Glasgow Herald's People's Prize.