“A remarkably assured first novel… a tour de force.” -- The New York Times, for Skinner’s Rules
“Bob Skinner’s wife, brother, and heart all fail him, but not his Scots gall.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“If Ian Rankin is the Robert Carlyle of Scottish crime writing, then Jardine is surely its Sean Connery.” -- Glasgow Herald
“Jardine excels at coordinating the multiple crimes crucial to a police procedural and setting his coppers against the clock.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“This gritty, fast–paced mystery will pin even the most squeamish readers to the page.” -- Publishers Weekly, for Thursday Legends
From the Publisher
The heat is on for Bob Skinner, Scotland’s most revered and, in some circles, most feared cop. His career hangs by a thread, as a recent illness gives his enemies a weapon to use against him. A body found in the detritus of a flood is identified as the hated brother whose existence Skinner has kept hidden for years. On the crime front, an incendiary device destroys a valuable painting in Edinburgh’s Royal Scottish Academy. As Skinner and his team tackle these crises, his wife Sarah—left in America, with their children, to recover from the tragic death of her parents—finds comfort with an old college lover. When fate leaves her staring at a seemingly inevitable murder conviction, Skinner will need all his fearsome resources to sort out the tangled mess of his life. But is he still up to the challenge? Lightning–paced and emotionally gripping, Fallen Gods is Quintin Jardine’s breakthrough novel.