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Cleanskin (Quick Reads) [Paperback]

Val McDermid
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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18 May 2006 Quick Reads

A taut psychological thriller from the bestselling author behind the popular Wire in the Blood TV series

When career criminal Jack Farlowe's body is found washed-up on a Suffolk shore, it looks to the police like a clear-cut case. Broken-hearted at his daughter's death, he has drowned himself – good riddance and one less crime to solve, according to CID.

Then again, maybe not. For, one by one, Farlowe's enemies are being killed. And the horrific manner of their deaths makes drowning look like a day at the beach…


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; World Book Day edition edition (18 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007216726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007216727
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire

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'No one compares to McDermid… Manchester's answer to Thomas Harris' Guardian

'Val McDermid is a roaring Ferrari amid the crowded traffic on the crime-writing road' Independent

'McDermid's capacity to enter the warped mind of a deviant criminal is shiveringly convincing' The Times

About the Author

Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire


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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad 7 Aug 2006
By RD VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is a short story by Ms McDermid and as usual is crime related.

The tale begins with the murder of nine year old Katie who is the daughter of a known crime boss. Unfortunately no one has ever been able to find any evidence to arrest him but this new turn of events seems to have left him broken and when his body is found floating in a river its case closed. Things take on a new twist when all of his former enemies start to die in very gruesome ways.

Well written with several twists for such a short book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CLEANSKIN 27 Sep 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my first review of a Kindle Book, as I am totally new to the concept etc.

Being new to it, I downloaded first free books and cheap ones to get to understand the priciples.

But even though this book was only 93p I would not bother spending it had I known how "abridged" it was.

I am a great fan of the author, and have read many of her novels. But this version is just not up to her normal standard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a page turner 11 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A decent book for a quick read, but lacked usual depth or complexity which you need to be gripped, but that is the price for a short story
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3.0 out of 5 stars not the best Quick Read but enjoyable enough 13 July 2014
By love reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Obviously there is a limit to how well a writer can execute a decent story in a Quick Read but to me this story seemed as though it had just been chopped; there were no real answers and strings were left dangling. It is interesting enough and I do love the Quick Read premise but this is not the best one I have read and I feel Val McDermid could have written a tighter short story than this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this one 18 Mar 2014
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enjoyed this one a lot. I do like Val McDermid's twists. Although this one I guessed part of it quite early on, it still did not spoil my enjoyment of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 10 Feb 2014
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Really sorry when this book came to an end. Great plot with lots of twists. Couldn't put it down - well done Val keep them coming.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable thriller 19 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have never read anything of Val McDermid's before so when I saw this "Quick Read" I thought I would give it a go as an introduction to her novels.

The story starts with a gangster's child being murdered. The police have never managed to pin anything on this gangster Jack Farrell. The detective and his loyal sidekick straining at the leash to finally get Farrell, are thwarted when the gangster seemingly commits suicide by walking into the sea and drowning. When a body with with unique identifiers turns up it is confirmed that he is dead and that there is going to be a turf war for his empire. Then bodies start turning up, killed in the most gruesome ways ...

I spent an enjoyable couple of hours reading this book. I found the story kept me turning the pages and it had some unexpected twists along the way. I did find that the characters were undeveloped though and the ending seemed hurried and unsatisfyingly short. That said it was under the 'Quick Read' titles (113pages long). I enjoyed it enough and had my appetite was whetted enough to try and read at least a few longer more developed McDermid novels.
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