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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; Reprint edition (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755356942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755356942
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hard-hitting . . . longtime fans will relish the revelations about his childhood and the way he met series regulars like Mario McGuire and Andy Martin." "Publishers Weekly""

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The thrilling new Bob Skinner mystery by Scotland's Crime Master

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Format: Paperback
This is the latest in the Skinner series and yet it is the first. It is written as Skinner relating his memoirs of a time when he had just been promoted to Detective Superintendent, is still coming to terms with his wife's death and juggling fatherhood with his career and his love life.

Skinner is called in to investigate a horrific death which soon becomes linked to gang crime and sparks retribution within the criminal underworld which the police always seem to be one step behind.

I enjoyed this book more than some of the more recent Skinner books and liked the fact we see how Skinner first meets some of the people who become his closest colleagues and allies later in the series.
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Like the previous reviewer I too have read all of the Skinner books but I loved this one. Like any Quintin Jardine book I cannot help but complete it within a few days. If you've read any Skinner book you'll identify immediately with this especially if you, like me, are from Edinburgh. I certainly wasn't confused by the flashback but instead found it refreshing. Don't take my word for it, try it for yourself
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2013
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I enjoy Mr Jardine's writing as he has a comfortable style of writing which makes you want to read "just another page" until you've finished. Grievous Angel is another winner but Mr Jardine has succumbed to the latest fashion and written a flashback book where the story is set early in Skinner's career but we have the advantage of modern day asides. I'm not really sure of the point of this exercise as it paints Skinner in an extremely unflattering light as a selfish, know all control freak and the plot doesn't teach him any noticeable life lessons which I thought was the whole point of writing down his old cases. Anyway whatever the excuse this is a good, exciting police procedural set in 1996 if I've guessed correctly.
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Take this book as a stand alone and it's okay. Nothing special by any means but it's not quite a complete waste of time. However, take this book and shoehorn it into the series that it apparently belongs to and it fails to make sense. The timelines are a bit wonky for a start. Here, Skinner is a detective superintendent but, at the start of the first Skinner novel, released before the time this is set, he's already an ACC. Now, obviously, just because a book was released in 1993 doesn't mean to say that's when it was set. But there was never evidence to the contrary either.

Iffy timelines aside, I disliked this book for other reasons. The first one being that it used a similar (the same?) storyline as Jardine's previous stand alone, The Loner. While it was a great in The Loner, seeing it from a police perspective was rather less thrilling. It just plodded along, with no real tension or suspense. This is a shame because Jardine usually writes both these aspects well.

And Skinner himself, sheesh, what an arrogant so and so. I know in recent books that he seems to be coming across as more egotistical and overbearing but I don't remember him being this bad in the beginning in the series. We also get to read about younger versions of other characters but, honestly, they were just characters. There was little personality in them to connect the reader with the versions we already know.

All in all, a disappointing read. One for completists only, I think.
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My first thought on reading the bit on the back cover was that Mr Jardine had run out of ideas and was revamping old storylines. I was right. No Jardine Skinner novel is going to be bad as such but this just didn't flow and the re-introduction of characters that we know have died or moved away just didn't seem comfortable.
Hopefully Chief Constable Bob Skinner will be moving forward from now on.
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Pretty good stuff. A different writing approach with each participant providing their perception. Clever, worked and of course we had the build up to the thrilling ending. Jardine keeps delivering. Quickly onto the next one to find out what happens.
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Having bought read all of the Skinner books over the years since Skinner's Rules in 1993, I felt duty bound to buy this.

After reading this I have to say it appears the series may be running out of steam.

It's told in the first person by Skinner in the aftermath of A Rush of Blood. Skinner is traumatised by the deaths he's witnessed and is drawn back to events in 1996.

He's a newly promoted detective superintendent and widowed with a 13 year old daughter Alex. Investigating a murder at a disused swimming pool he encounters DC Andy Martin and PC Mario McGuire for the first time. These are at odds with the events of the previous books which, going by publication dates have him as an ACC married to Sarah and his team well established/promoted by then. There's also an affair with a colleague which seems implausible given their relationship in previous books.

The story seems to rely heavily on name dropping previous characters (good and bad, dead and alive) and making cultural references to 1996 (music/sport and another Edinburgh crime writer) to set the scene. It also repeats one of the events in Skinners Mission which suggests a lack of originality/new ideas.

Some twists leading up to the ending but disappointing.
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