- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (5 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075288168X
- ISBN-13: 978-0752881683
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shifting Skin (Detective Jon Spicer Thrillers) Paperback – 5 Sep 2007
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"Chris Simms has never shown any reluctance to chill the blood of the reader." "Good Book Guide""
From the author of KILLING THE BEASTS comes the second novel in a compelling new series set in Manchester, starring detective Jon SpicerSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
We join the action as the third victim of the 'Butcher of Belle Vue' is discovered, dead and partially skinned. This time it seems that there could be a witness who heard the killing from the next room in a local motel. There is also a clue, a card from an escort agency with the name Alexia written on the back...
This is a really well written and fast paced novel which moves through the world of Manchester's prostitutes, dodgy cosmetic surgery and gay communities. It is a little graphic in terms of describing the bodies although I didn't feel that it was overdone.
I really enjoyed it and can't wait to get my hands on another!
There were also random hyphens dropped in here and there-watch-ing/con-cerned then he misses one with Vegasera Elvis !! Most of my issues appear to be formatting ones as he also starts new sentences for no reason whatsoever as well......like this:
"Morning. Martin Appleforth, please. It's Detective Inspector
I've never heard of a receiver in the police force either and can't really find the meaning on Google, either.
He did go with proper English spellings this time which was better although we still got a little too much of Manchester, to be honest. I don't need to know so much about it. I've been there-it rains. A lot. I'll be giving up on this series now.
Although this is the second book in the DI Jon Spicer series, each novel can be read as a stand-alone. I have not read any of Chris’s books before and found Shifting Skin very easy to get into.
What I liked most about this novel, was it’s balance. There is a lovely mix of character development, workplace dynamics, crime scene and detection, current trends moving through society and a very good plot. It fitted in well with my work day life, going to work and reading some in my rest break followed by reading some more when I got home. It was like how people follow others on Facebook or Twitter - we get our newsfeed on what has happened next to DI Jon Spicer and his partner DI Rick Saville.
Chris tells his story very well and you feel as though you are working alongside Jon and Rick as they try to capture the Butcher of Belle Vue. You also feel as though you are best friends with Fiona Wilson and want to guide her away from danger. But this is not all crime scene investigation, it is about living life as an adult. Characters have friends and family that are important, Jon has a dog who he adores.
I got a lot of pleasure from reading Shifting Skin. There are no dull bits or padding in this book, it is all quality stuff. It got me guessing about what was going on, if the Police were getting it all wrong and would they catch the Butcher of Belle Vue.
Shifting Skin was a great book for me. I felt as though I was getting the whole picture which enabled me to feel I was living the book. There was even the mention of a National Express coach departing from Chorlton Street Station to make me feel at home!Read more ›
The "Butcher of Belle Vue" has struck again. Like the first two victims, the third has been partially skinned and dumped on waste ground - her muscles, tendons and ligaments exposed to full view, though this time the face has also been removed.
Jon Spicer, together with new partner, Rick Saville, are on the investigating team when a woman approaches Jon, insisting that she has heard "The Butcher" claiming his third victim in a next-door room of a run down hotel in Belle Vue. Her only proof, however, is a business card with the name "Alexia" scrawled across the back. Trawling through the twilight world of Manchester, Spicer's investigation unearths secrets that force him to examine his own faults and to confront the violence and prejudices that lurk within each of us.
From first page to last, this is as compelling a read as anyone has a right to wish for. The tension is palpable, with the snappy interaction between Spicer, Saville and those they come across, both natural and comfortable enough to allow the reader to breathe in the atmosphere of the places they visit.
Never over elaborate in its description, relentless in its pace and laced with intelligent metaphors for the modern world, Chris Simms has again created a monster-sized value pack of twists and turns, that will keep the reader enthralled until its final, dramatic pages.
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A fab book can't wait to read the next one! A good holiday book I anyone ever need one for round the poolPublished 4 months ago by miscaz86
Brilliantly written, I really enjoyed it, have already read the second book first but didn't realise, will definitely read morePublished 5 months ago by liz
A cut above the rest! Well written, believable and interesting characters. The plot was logical and I found the ending satisfying,Published 11 months ago by Kevin Suttie
This was an excellent exciting read. I managed to guess some of the outcome but that adds to the enjoyment of crime novels.Published 13 months ago by Marie Burling
Really loved this book based in Manchester
Couldn't put this book down really gripping
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