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Blood Tree (A Quint Dalrymple Mystery)

Blood Tree (A Quint Dalrymple Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Johnston
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'A hugely entertaining fantasy ... engagingly imagined' (The Times on BODY POLITIC)

'Think of Plato's Republic with a body count' (The Sunday Times on B P)

'A powerful, fantastical thriller' (Mail on Sunday on THE BONE YARD)

'This series is getting better all the time' (Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News on WATER OF)

'Johnston brings an intelligent perspective to the dark excitement of the thriller' (Nicholas Blincoe, Observer on WATER OF DEATH)

'The Blood Tree is a pacy read and all the required elements are there... villains are unmasked, loose ends are tied up, and like revenge, justice is served cold' (Scotsman)

'A chilling and ingeniously well maintained thriller' (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)

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Independent Edinburgh, 2026. The birth-rate is down in the Council’s ‘perfect city’ and gangs of disaffected kids roam the streets. A break-in at the former Scottish Parliament archive is rapidly followed by two gruesome murders, the victims mutilated and covered in blood-drenched branches. Renegade investigator Quintilian Dalrymple’s subsequent enquiries take a new twist when Edinburgh’s brightest teenagers are abducted to the much-feared democratic city-state of Glasgow. What Quint finds there will change his life forever …

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Severn Select (12 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IUQV9A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is number four in the "Quintilian Dalrymple" series of very dark crime novels set in 2020's Edinburgh after the UK broke up in the early 21st century.

Edinburgh is now an independent city state run by a council of guardians dominated by the "Enlightenment party" and it sounds like a cross between a politically-correct version of Plato's Guardians, and Gordon Brown's Labour party with the cheerfulness and tolerance of opposing views taken out. Glasgow is now a rival city state run by "Democrats."

Quintilian Dalrymple, the central character, is a former auxiliary (e.g. policeman) now working as a private eye on contract to the council of guardians.

The story begins with a mysterious break-in at the former Scottish parliament building which has been sealed off for many years. This is rapidly followed by two horrible murders: then some of Edinburgh's brightest teenagers are abducted to Glasgow.

Quint is facing his toughest investigation yet, and it may change his life.

Gritty and very dark, mixes a fairly standard detective thriller with a very unusual "future historical" background. I can't really describe it as science fiction as there is very little science involved.

The five books in the series to date are

1) Body Politic
2) The Bone Yard
3) Water of Death
4) The Blood Tree
5) The House of Dust
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and unusual 23 July 2001
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This is one of the most interesting and unusual crime novels I've ever read. Set 25 years in the future, it visualises a dystopian Edinburgh which reads like a combination of Ian Rankin and Judge Dredd. It's a compelling mystery which keeps the reader guessing, and is full of unexpected plot twists. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys good detective fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - An unmissable read 5 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Paul Johnson has once again surpassed himself. His vision of a future Edinburgh and a society ruled by an educated elite is nicely counterbalanced by the concept of the democratic state of Glasgow. I look forward to the next book.
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