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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (2 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749936703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749936709
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iain McDowall grew up in the West of Scotland but lives in England. He was a university teacher before taking up writing. His Inspector Jacobson series has been praised by reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic. Iain has stated that he uses the crime novel as a scalpel to scrape away at hidden, darker aspects of modern life. His latest title is The Evil Thereof. More information: crowby.co.uk

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Does McDowall end [Making A Killing] with with a double bluff, a triple bluff or no bluff at all? Read and enjoy. Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman

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Iain McDowall is Scottish. He was born in Kilmarnock Visit Iain McDowall's website at www.crowby.co.uk

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2002
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A Study in Death was an impressive debut. Making A Killing impresses even more. McDowall takes all the usual ingredients of the detective story - cynical cops, corrupt rich guys, a body in the driveway - and turns them into something new and original. Jacobson and Kerr are the best new detectives in years and the writing is superb throughout. Moving, disturbing and sometimes wildly funny. Buy this book!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2002
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A Study in Death was an impressive debut. Making A Killing impresses even more. McDowall takes all the usual ingredients of the detective story - cynical cops, corrupt rich guys, a body in the driveway - and turns them into something new and original. Jacobson and Kerr are the best new detectives in years and the writing is superb throughout. Moving, disturbing and sometimes wildly funny. Buy this book!!
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By J. Barrand on 7 Mar. 2010
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Fabulous book and part of the Jacobsen and Kerr series. Good plot - one to be read in one sitting!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Strong Scottish police procedural 29 Sept. 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Just back from his vacation, Crowley DCI Frank Jacobsen uses every excuse to avoid the paperwork that has piled up while he was away. So though he loathes that the Crowley Crawler has been paroled and returning to the town where he raped numerous women, Frank uses Robert Johnson as a legitimate pretext to escape his office work. Led by Frank, the police place Robert under surveillance not only to keep their women safe, but also to insure the victims or their families do not enact vengeance.

A second event occurs when the postal carrier discovers the corpse of Jenny Mortimer, who was leaving her husband Gus for her lover. The police think Gus killed his spouse, but soon revise that theory when they find him dead too. When Johnson eludes his tail, most townsfolk including the police conclude he killed the Mortimers, but Frank thinks otherwise. He believes the two cases are separate with an unknown killer to methodically uncover and to decide which victim or family member abducted Johnson.

The second DCI Jacobsen police procedural, MAKING A KILLING, is an intriguing Scottish investigative tale that provides readers with a discerning look into the department coping with two high publicity cases that may interconnect. The story line is gritty due to the homicides and the reputation of the Crawler, but it is Frank who turns the novel into a powerhouse as he carries out the plot. The secondary cast rounds out the edges, but the strong lead protagonist endears the reader from the moment he sneaks out the back door for a pint.

Harriet Klausner
Kudos 14 May 2015
By Srdjan Pesic - Published on Amazon.com
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The second novel in this enjoyable series is an old-fashioned police procedural. Unfortunately there are less and less books written these days, that can follow the investigation from murder to resolution, without silly, improbable twists or moronic video game tricks. Just a good puzzle, strong characters and enjoyment. Kudos to Mr. McDowall.
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