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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755357027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755357024
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very engaging as well as ingenious, and the unraveling of the mystery is excellently done (Scotsman Allan Massie)

Well constructed, fast-paced, Jardine's narrative has many an ingenious twist and turn (Observer)

Remarkably assured, raw-boned, a tour de force (New York Times)

About the Author

Quintin Jardine was born once upon a time in the West - of Scotland rather than America, but still he grew to manhood as a massive Sergio Leone fan. On the way there he was educated, against his will, in Glasgow, where he ditched a token attempt to study law for more interesting careers in journalism, government propaganda, and political spin-doctoring. After a close call with the Brighton Bomb in 1984, he moved into the even riskier world of media relations consultancy, before realising that all along he had been training to become a crime writer. Now, forty novels later, he never looks back.

Along the way he has created/acquired an extended family in Scotland and Spain. Everything he does is for them.

He can be tracked down through his blog: http://quintinjardine.me


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mendel on 10 May 2014
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Having read about Bob Skinner for years, liked some books better than others, they all have one thing in common, a good story. This one does not disappoint. A welcome back to characters old and new always dominated by Big Bob, who has certainly put himself about a bit! No point a review telling the story before you read it, but I thoroughly recommend it, however it would be of great help if you knew the back stories of the main characters. Waiting now for the next one!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jill's Book Cafe on 14 May 2014
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Bob Skinner is back, although this time he's based in Glasgow in his new role as Chief Constable of Strathclyde. As he gets to grip with his new role, he is also coming to terms with his re-blossoming relationship with Sarah Grace, the former second Mrs Skinner.
While in theory his new position means he's hands off, he becomes embroiled in an ongoing murder case in Edinburgh as it involves a former adversary. Running parallel to this investigation is the problems being caused by the disappearance of the new Superintendent and his wife.

While I enjoyed the book, as I'm already a Bob Skinner fan, I must admit I found the cast of characters a bit bewildering and hard to keep up with, particularly in relation to the extended family/consorts of the murdered woman (though that could equally well be due to my age and inability to concentrate!). I also felt there was a lot more emphasis of explaining who was who in relation to Bob Skinner and the police structure than I remember from previous books. This I'm sure is due in part to trying to fill in the background for new readers, and also maybe in part to Skinner not being the main investigator.

I'm not sure how future books will work if he maintains his position as Chief Constable, as his character for me, works best when he is directly involved in investigations. Although the ending does leave his future undecided so who knows what's in store.

I received a review copy of this book via Net galley in return for an honest review.
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Hour of Darkness by Quintin Jardine is my first reading by this author. I enjoyed the mystery surrounding of the dead woman in this novel.The centre of this story is a white woman's body has been washed up on the Cramond Island near Edinburgh. She had been tangled up in a ship's propeller. She was missing her head, her right arm and shoulder and part of her left arm. The woman was found naked, no clothes, no jewellery and no hands. Which now means that no indentification can be made until an autopsy. The questions the detectives are asking is why was she in the water?. Did she commit suicide or had she been skinny- dipping?. The detectives now need to find out the DNA match for this victim and the motive as to why was the woman in the water?. A fast-paced story with many twists and turns. I recommend Hour of Darkness to all readers that like a mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Stephens on 22 Jun. 2014
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Good story but found all the subplots confusing. It's been a while
Since I read the. Last story and had forgotten the subtext of the others in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By des one on 8 Jun. 2014
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His previous books that have more Skinner in them, are a more exciting read. There seems to be more police characters in this story ,which I think is a pity.This of course is my opion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Jun. 2014
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again Jardine keeps us in suspense to the last chapter with a final twist in the tail. very believable characters and well structured sub plots. bring on the next instalment.
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This book brings together a number if stories from the last few novels. It updates Bob, now in Strathclyde, and now back with wife number 2. It also shows the promotions if the officers we have got used to. A body is washed without a head but is soon identified as a relative of one of the old Edinburgh criminal firms and it all takes off from there. Jardine does his usual magic in weaving the stories together to come to a slightly surprising ending. Can't wait for the next book!
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By limeym8 on 7 Mar. 2015
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I have read all of the Bob Skinner Series and this one is the hardest to follow as it uses many more characters than all the previous books in this series. It is only because I have read the complete series that I can follow this particular story as I know who is who. If this was the first book I would be reading in the Bob Skinner Mysteries I would not be able to follow the whole story and maybe would have put it down before the end.
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