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Cleanskin (Quick Reads) Paperback – 18 May 2006


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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: 13 x 0.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By RD VINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2006
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gert Lush on 19 Jan. 2014
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Funboyslim on 27 Sept. 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 By love reading TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 July 2014
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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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By Tried and Tested VINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2010
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Although I've only given this 3 stars, I did quite enjoy this book, however, even for a "quick read" I thought that the ending was very rushed. I also didn't like the way the main character actually introduced himself to the reader on the opening page, although it did the job it was a very hurried way of giving the reader informaton. That said, I did think the middle of the book was very good and read the entire thing in a sitting.

I appreciate the fact that there is very little space within a novella for character and plot development and I can also see that using established writers is a way of getting people to give them a try but to counterbalance this is the fact that established writers such as Val McDermid have a writing style and this gets destroyed by shortening the length of novel they are writing. Although this may introduce a few new people to Val McDermid, they won't be able to appreciate the skill and complexity usually displayed in her work.
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By Claire Brown on 20 Jan. 2013
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Fast paced but then you would expect it being a quick read. I'm a big fan of the author and wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, I read this one Sunday afternoon. Likeable main character and it would be good to see more of him in her future books (a change from Tony Hill perhaps)??
The story itself is about the main character finding who murdered a villains daughter. As usual, Mc Dermid writes with twists and turns to the story which are believable and left me thinking "what a shame" at the end.
Buy, you won't be disappointed!
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I am a big fan of Val McDermid. She's very perceptive, compassionate and understanding of what makes people tick. "Cleanskin" is not, perhaps, one of her more memorable books but nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it. It's never easy putting pen to paper and harder still to sustain the high standard of some of her earlier books. I can't imagine how any author can come up with a brilliant story time and again. So thank you, Val, for the many pleasurable hours of reading you have given me over the years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John McGhee on 11 Sept. 2013
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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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