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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755300599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755300594
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 23.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,752,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is Jardine doing what he does best...page-turning stuff' Edinburgh Evening News

'Ian Rankin's Rebus...now has a rival for my affections. Quintin Jardine's Bob Skinner is a legend in his own police station and beyond...As crime fiction goes, it's up there with the very best' Peterborough Evening Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A compelling new thriller featuring Scotland's toughest cop, ACC Bob Skinner - 'If Ian Rankin is the Robert Carlyle of Scottish crime writing, then surely Quintin Jardine is its Sean Connery' Herald, Glasgow

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "drcthomson" on 15 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
Every Skinner novel has a number of sub plots running simultaneously and Head Shot is no different in that respect. The death of his in-laws sees Skinner heading to the US to make arrangements as only he can. Meanwhile back in Edinburgh life moves on and many of the familiar characters emerge with leading roles as they progress through the ranks of Lothian and Borders Police.
The Atlantic Ocean divides the main plots within the book but in his usual short chapter style Quintin Jardine keeps the action running at fever pitch. As you might expect, although up to his neck in dealing with the death of his in-laws, Skinner still has a hand in the management of the storylines based back home in Edinburgh.
In this latest instalment of Skinner's career Quintin Jardine increases the prominence of several of the "lower ranks" with Mario Maguire especially growing in stature and displaying much of ther guile of his DCC.
I found this book a great read and almost un-put-downable finishing in record time. I see that I now have to wait until December for the next Jardine novel and switch back to Oz Blackstone mode. Well down Quintin - here's to the next instalment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By georgina mackie on 4 Jun. 2013
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addictive wish I could get a list of the order they were written in. Keep going wow so that's what happened or getting to the end and looking for the next one
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Quintin Jardine's writing style has strengthened over the years and "Head Shot" is taut throughout with strong intriguing storylines and good dialogue. Both story threads are compelling and the author is clearly enjoying the conspiracy theory he brews up with the US story; meanwhile the Edinburgh story is chilling to the core. Perhaps the endings of both stories are a little over the top (though not as extreme as some of the other Skinner books), but the book is compelling throughout and hugely enjoyable. One of the best "Skinner" books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PETER JOHNSON on 7 July 2014
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Although not yet read, I am sure I will enjoy it. Reading all the Bob Skinner books in order and would recommend them to anyone who likes crime fiction
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie on 24 Mar. 2013
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Really enjoyed the different investigations and that the fringe characters are much more involved in this book. Can't wait to start the next book.
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By gandj on 24 Dec. 2014
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Not sure I liked this two stories running side by side. Each plot could have stood alone with a little embellishment to produce two desperate novels. I had to think for a minute at the start of a chapter to realise whether I was in Scotland or USA. But a great read just the same. I love when he uses the guid scots word's
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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.
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By A. Edwards on 27 Nov. 2013
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Great book I have now read about 23 of these and have loved every one. Quintin Jardine is a brill crime writer
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