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Quintin Jardine
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Book Description

28 Jun 2007

The nation's sharpest cop, DCC Bob Skinner, desperately wants to stop a serial killer...

When two young female artists are murdered in what looks like ritualistic killings, the pressure is on to find a highly professional murderer. What is the link with the art world? Is the killer a disgruntled art critic? A twice-jilted lover? The arrival of the father of one of the victims, millionaire businessman Davor Boras, brings in the big guns of the Home Office, MI5 and the CIA. It's not long before Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner gets called back to the frontline. With an estranged son, a dubious assistant and connections in very high places, what is more important to Boras: business or family? There's too much at stake - there's going to be bloodshed - and Skinner's men are at risk of getting caught in the crossfire...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (28 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755329104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755329106
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 933,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] durable, highly readable series. . . . Jardine excels at coordinating the multiple crimes crucial to a police procedural and setting his coppers against the clock." --"Kirkus Reviews" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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There's no end to the deviousness of a murderer, and DCC Bob Skinner won't stop until the killer is caught - the riveting new crime novel from Scotland's Crime Master

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real return to form 30 Jun 2007
Recent Skinner books have, in my opinion, neglected the policing and focussed too much on love, divorce and separation but this one is a real tour de force. Excellent plot, borrows slightly from true to life events and a real classic performance from Skinner once he makes an appearance. Well worth it
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 2 July 2007
This is one of the best bob skinner novels in a long time, it is truly gripping and with the loss of a major charachter the plot keeps you from putting the book down. However the reason it losses a star is the late arrival in the book of the main charachter. If your a fan of scottish crime novels then this is a must read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for skinner? 9 Mar 2008
How do you write a Bob Skinner novel without Bob Skinner ? Very well appears to be the answer. This novel I'm sure would baffle anyone attempting this as their first introduction to the series, it's taken me a while but I've finally caught up having read the whole series in order. This story is more about DI Stevie Steele and the excellent Mario mcguire as has been mentioned Bob Skinner doesn't appear until almost the end of the book.
The story though is excellent a girl is found shot in the back of the head and laid out like an angel the scene almost identical to the murder of another young girl killed 2 months ago. Links between the two girls they are both talented artists has Edinburgh got a severe art critic running loose or a serial killer who leaves no forensic traces? The premise worried me what I've always liked about the Skinner series is that the crimes have real motive love or money with the last couple of novels I felt Jardine kept trying to get the story bigger and bigger featuring Popes and prime ministers but this story returns to good old fashioned police work in fact it's only really the arrival of Skinner that takes us back into the land of spools and politics.
The balance between home life and the office is better than some previous books with Maggie Rose pregnant facing the toughest decision of her so far tough life and this one has nothing to do with police work. I read the reviews before Reading this so knew someone died but actually knowing that meant I enjoyed the book more as the victim was not who I was expecting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Quintin Jardine writes a number of serial style books about recurring characters. One of his recurring characters is Bob Skinner, the Deputy Chief Constable for the Edinburgh area of Scotland. By all accounts he's typical of most detectives these days. He bends rules when he needs to, and breaks them when he has no other alternative, but unlike most rule breaking cops, is liked by those he works with (and so has few of the flaws that are typically associated with the flawed detective).

The problem with this book is that Skinner doesn't appear in much of the book. Imagine having a Rankin book with a marginalised Rebus or a Christie crime novel with a marginalised Poirot or Marple and you've got an idea of what to expect here.

In this book, a police procedural if you hadn't guessed, Skinner's subordinates investigate the shooting deaths of two Edinburgh artists, the murder of one of their boyfriends, and the killing of a mutual friend of theirs.

While they do this, they have to contend with the multi-millionaire father of one of the victims, who has effectively put a bounty on the head of the murderer at a press-conference organised by the police.

The book isn't bad, but it has three major problems as I see it. Firstly, it feels like a story that you've walked into, part way through. It's interesting, but you get the sense that there's this whole back story you're missing.

Secondly, it's almost too procedural. Anyone who has read more than a couple of detective novels in the past 10yrs (or watched a Law and Order episode for that matter) will knows that there are certain things that the police have to do (and that they face several problems during an investigation).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is Bob? 8 Dec 2007
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As a great fan of Bob Skinner I was a little disappointed as he only appears towards the end of the book. However, he was supposed to be on sabbatical! I really enjoyed getting to know some of the other characters though and to get more of an insight into people we have met in earlier books. I was sad at the loss of a great character and did fing the ending a little turgid. Still, onwards and upwards!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great slippers 12 Mar 2014
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These really are great slippers, I was so pleased to find them again, having just had to part with my last pair
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic Skinner book 10 Jan 2014
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It's not often that a book will bring me to tears, but this did.
I was gripped from the start, having read this series from the start, I have grown attached to the characters and how they have moved throughout the ranks. This book through in another shock, as Quintin always seems to manage through this series. If you like the Skinner books, this will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 29 Dec 2013
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What shall I say? I love Quintin Jardine's books and am always waiting for the next one. Try the other series too if you like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am collecting all the Skinner novels in hardback. Not yet read this one but others have been enjoyable.
Published 16 days ago by PETER JOHNSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A well written story
Published 29 days ago by E Hands
4.0 out of 5 stars Another success for Bob Skinner's team of Edinburgh based detectives.
Quentin Jardine never fails to please. His books and their plots are always intruiging and keep you interested until the very last page. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Edna Rennie
5.0 out of 5 stars e-book
excellent reading which has nothing to do with amazon.
one down point is that at 4.99 someone is making a mint
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Published 15 months ago by MARTIN COYNE
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I received the item very quickly. I would recommend this company to family and friends.
The item was just what I wanted.
Published 16 months ago by Barbara Binns
4.0 out of 5 stars Up to the usual Jardine standard
I have been a Bob Skinner fan for some time and have every book in the series now. This was the usual mix of police procedural with personal lives of the people involved included,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rodt
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Police Force
Love Quinton Jardine books, knowing the places makes you travel along with the officers. You are able to solve the case as you go along and being able to understand the language is... Read more
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