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Praise for Quintin Jardine: 'Heart-stopping thriller' Peterborough Evening Telegraph 'Gritty cop drama that makes Taggart look tame' Northern Echo Darlington 'More twists and turns than TV's Taggart at its best' Stirling Observer Skinner's Rules: 'Remarkably assured novel...a tour de force' New York Times 'Excellent thriller' Manchester Evening News 'Deplorably readable' Guardian 'A first-class read' Jeffrey Archer 'Compelling stuff...one to watch' Oxford Times 'As hardboiled as any Taggart story' Peterborough Evening Telegraph 'Rich in local characterisation...an enjoyable adventure' Edinburgh Evening News Skinner's Festival: 'Comes through strongly and believably...has the right city atmosphere' Edinburgh Evening News 'Robustly entertaining' Irish Times Skinner's Trail: 'Skinner is a TV series waiting to happen' Peterborough Evening Telegraph 'Engrossing, believable characters...captures Edinburgh beautifully...It all adds up to a very good read' Edinburgh Evening News Skinner's Round: 'The Skinner series grows in authority and should be a natural for television' Time Out 'A complex and suspenseful saga that never flags from start to finish' Bolton Evening News Skinner's Ordeal: 'Quintin Jardine has created the toughest Scottish cop since Taggart' Peterborough Evening Telegraph 'Fast-paced, fast-cut stuff...some sharply written dialogue' Worcester & Hereford Evening News Skinner's Mission: 'Once again Jardine serves up a thriller full of action, gritty realism and sharp patter' Darlington Northern Echo

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Quintin Jardine offers plenty of treachery and carnal intrigue in this first–rate mystery series featuring private investigator Osbert “Oz” Blackstone and his alluring partner Primavera Phillips.

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Product Details

  • Series: Oz Blackstone Mysteries
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747254605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747254607
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,171,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Harvey on June 2, 2005
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Jardine was already an established crime novelist when he wrote this novel ,thanks to the long established Edinburgh police procedurals featuring Bob Skinner .The Oz Blackstone novels are lighter in tone and range more freely geographically -this one takes the hero outside his native Edinburgh and into the highlands of Scotland and across the pond to Switzerland .

Oz-it is short for Oswald -is a private enquiry agent doing rather unglamorous work for his clients ,mostly routine interviewing on insurance or accident claims .A prominent Edinburgh stockbroking company calls on his services when an employee ,Henry Kane ,embezzles £ 300,000 from them ;they want it back but discreetly and without publicity .He is despatched to the flat of an aspiring actress,Dawn Phillips ,with whom Kane is living ,and asked to persuade him to hand over the key that will gain access to the funds .On arrival he finds no trace of Dawn but Kane is present -alas ,being dead ,he is no position to return the funds .The man has been stabbed .

Enter both the local police and Dawn' sister the delicious Primavera,just back from a sojourn as an aid worker in wartorn Africa .She and Oz hit it off immediately and at her instigation set out both to locate Dawn ,who is the prime suspect in the eyes of the police ,and to get the loot .

The quest takes them first to the Lyceum Theatre where she used to perform .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts VINE VOICE on June 24, 2006
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Private enquiry agent Oz Blackstone is looking for stockbroker Willie Kane who has stolen $900K from his employers. Oz finds him naked and dead on the bed of an apartment and the apartment's tenant, Prim Phillips, just walking in looking for her sister who'd been staying there. Oz and Prim join forces to find her sister and the missing money.

This was almost more of a romance, told from Oz' perspective, but it did have humor and suspense enough to keep it a mystery. The cover describes the book as "A tale of love, greed, murder--and lethal seduction..." which is quite accurate. I liked Oz, although he seemed a bit juvenile, his father and his sister, but didn't care much for Prim and it ended with an ethical decision I wouldn't have made. I found it to be an enjoyable, rather sexual, light, quick read and a good introduction to the character of Oz. I've enjoyed other books in the series and will keep reading Oz's adventures.
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By Isabella McGee on July 8, 2013
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I'm a huge fan of Jardine's Skinner series; buy one as soon as it's published. This is the first Blackstone I've read but it wasn't as enjoyable for me. The characters were a bit overdrawn, I thought.
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I find Oz very engaging, really enjoyed this book.
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