Grievous Angel (Bob Skinner Mysteries) Paperback – 16 Feb 2012
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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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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.
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.
Hopefully Chief Constable Bob Skinner will be moving forward from now on.
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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As ever a wonderful and complex read that enthralls and intregues. A really good book.Published 1 month ago by kristoffus