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Quintin Jardine
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Book Description

11 Jun 2009

The book that launched a legend: the first novel in the acclaimed Bob Skinner series.

As head of Edinburgh's CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner has seen it all... but even he is shocked by the savagely mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The victim is identified as a successful young lawyer, and the motive for the brutal death remains a mystery. Then further seemingly random killings in the city begin to suggest a vicious serial killer is on the rampage. But when the lawyer's fiancee is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (11 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755357701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755357703
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first novel in Quintin Jardine's bestselling Bob Skinner crime series

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Quintin Jardine gave up the life of a political spin doctor for the more morally acceptable world of murder and mayhem. Happily married, he hides from critics and creditors in secret locations in Scotland and Spain.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who loves a good crime story 18 Sep 2001
Quintine Jardine starts to build the rich character of Bob Skinner from the start, capturing the quintessence of both Edinburgh and a crime investigation. The first of eleven books in the series. You'll pick it up and not put it down.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great discovery in my opinion 22 Oct 2005
By fivestarfrankie VINE VOICE
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Of modern writers I rate Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendal, Reginald Hill, Peter Robinson and Peter Lovesey.
Spotted a pattern there ?
This is the first Skinner book I've read and you can be sure it won't be the last !
To fans of the five writers named above you can buy this book with TOTAL confidence
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy crime fiction this book is for you! 10 Oct 1999
By A Customer
As I know and love Edinburgh and enjoy reading crime fiction, a friend recommended I begin to read the 'Skinner' books. To enjoy these books you must read them in sequence starting with Skinners Rules.
Quintin Jardine is by far the best author of crime fiction I have ever read and cannot understand why his books are so high up the 'charts'. This book is a great read and keeps you in suspense right to the last page.
PS: I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to my family, but really I can't put Jardine's books down, anyway you are able to fend for yourselves for a few days whilst I finish my next 'Skinner book'!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I've read worse. 16 Mar 2010
By Chris
Bought this, the first of the Skinner books, on the basis of a favourable comparison to Ian Rankin. Sadly, that comparison was very wide of the mark. If Disney ever did Rebus, this is what you would get. A sanitised main character who's only faults seem to be that he is just too good at everything he touches. A first rate copper, mean negotiator, masterful (if cringeworthy and blessedly quick) lover, a natural born killer, etc etc etc. I'm sure if I read enough Skinner books, I will also find out that he is a self taught concert pianist, a master chef, fighter pilot and saviour of the civilised world who picks the winning lottery numbers every week without fail, all whilst juggling chainsaws. In fact, the one thing the writer has not given Skinner is any depth of character. Rebus is flawed, and I love digging into those flaws. Skinner is blemish free and, as a result, rather one dimensional. Pity, but it's an OK book for a light holiday read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morse of the North? 24 Feb 2000
On a visit to Edinburgh, I was fascinated to see the number of books by Quintin Jardine on the shelves - here in the south of England he is unheard of. Yet for plot and pace of story this is fantastic - it will keep you awake reading - our copy is already in its 4th set of hands in 8 weeks. As the other reviewer says - read them in sequence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skinner's Rules 21 Oct 2009
By Tom
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I did enjoy this book, but there's no point in pretending it's anything more than holiday or `long journey' fodder- a `guilty pleasure' if you will. I purchased the book after a recent visit to Edinburgh and, as is so often the case, developing a desire to read something set in the surroundings of a much enjoyed trip. The book served exactly that purpose, setting the scene within Edinburgh that I mentally tied in with my visit. I have to say that I was so taken with the place that even Jardine's attempts at portraying a "two-faced bitch" of a city failed to obscure my romanticised view of it (even with the rain)! The plot itself is formulaic and linear but enjoyable, a high body count and some fortuitous detective work keep the plot rolling along nicely. Short chapters and Jardine's fluid, and at times laconic, prose also made this book very simple to read. There is a reasonable depth of characters throughout, however, I have to say that their interactions are entirely predictable and their actions somewhat hackneyed.

As a final point, I couldn't help but smile at how far technology has come in the 16 odd years since this was published. Whilst I can hardly cite this as a criticism (given that it was my choice to read it all these years later) it did become very apparent considering I purchased Rules at the same time as Steig Larsson's modern and much lauded Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo: where computer hacking and `gadgetry' is a central theme. Technology aside, the contrast between the two also serves to show how far the demands of the modern crime genre have developed in 20 odd years and it seems ironic that I should have read Larsson's effort in the same week: as almost a complete polarisation of style and age. Skinner's Rules serves a place in anyone's collection and I would anticipate that the other 18 books in the series are more of the same, perhaps I'll pick one up before the 7 hour train trip up to Edinburgh one day!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Journey Begins 14 Nov 2006
I discovered the "Skinner" books when I visited Edinburgh on a regular business. As the books are set in Edinburgh it really brought them to life being in the area. I always looked over my shoulder when going through some if those closes and the stair at the side of the Scotsman building.

This book introduces the characters whose lives and careers you follow in subsequent books. It is best to read them in sequence if you can.

If you like a good murder mystery with a modern twist, read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 10 July 2013
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First of this series read enjoyed it and plan to read more. min words is what p's me off so im just taking space
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2.0 out of 5 stars Coincidence or Luck - neither, just rubbish
For a hardened police officer whose whole philosophy is founded on never believing in coincidence - it is, after all the reason that the story develops the way that it does - the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Grant
2.0 out of 5 stars must try harder
plot was good, but style and characters were too "boys own". I will look elsewhere, but appreciate the effort. Skinner is just too perfect as is the rest of his team. Read more
Published 1 month ago by clunk
1.0 out of 5 stars Biggest pile of rubbish I have ever had the misfortune to read.
I give this book no stars as it was truly awful. Chauvinistic, unrealistic, spelling mistakes throughout and I never again want to read a Skinner book. Dreadful value for money.
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Simmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
Exciting, and full of well-rounded characters who you really want to follow through subsequent stories. So glad there seem to be lots more books to come!
Published 1 month ago by buglet
4.0 out of 5 stars poor production
Having read this series in book form I decided to add them to my kindle list and re-read each title. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dragonfly Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good read!
This is the first book I have read by this author, but will most definitely not be the last! Quintin Jardine has produced a well written tale with believable plots and characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Edinburgh I have never seen before
what a great story I was amazed to think things like the story could really happen and once again I think he the author is rankin's equal
Published 4 months ago by james drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Skinner Book 1
I couldn't put this book down. I haven't read many crime novels but my husband recommended I try Quintin Jardine as there are many references to our local area - Skinner even... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jojo
3.0 out of 5 stars no 2 in the skinner series
this book was delivered on time and in good condition.It is another good read from Quentin Jardine ,and i am looking forward to read the next skinner story.
Published 7 months ago by barrie dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars A chance to meet the characters who appear throughout the series
A good introduction to the characters that feature throughout the series and an explanation of why Skinner behaves the way he does - as well as being a cracking story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maureen McCreadie
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