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Family ties can hide deep wounds...
Bob Skinner uncovers a trail of evil in Pray for the Dying, Quintin Jardine's gripping crime thriller. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and James Oswald.
'Jardine's 23rd Bob Skinner mystery showcases the shrewd and personable Edinburgh cop at his relentless best' - Publishers Weekly
The killing was an expert hit. Three shots through the head, as the lights dimmed at a celebrity concert in Glasgow. A most public crime, and Edinburgh Chief Constable Bob Skinner is right in the centre of the storm, as it breaks over the Strathclyde force.
The shooters are dead too, killed at the scene. But who sent them?
The crisis finds Skinner, his private life shattered by the shocking end of his marriage, taking a step that he had sworn he never would. Tasked by Scotland's First Minister with the investigation of the outrage, he finds himself quickly uncovering some very murky deeds. The trail leads to London, where national issues compromise the hunt. Skinner has to rattle the bars of the most formidable cage in the country, and go head to head with its leading power brokers, a confrontation that seems too much, even for him. Can the Chief solve the most challenging mystery of his career... or will failure end it?
What readers are saying about Pray for the Dying:
'Gripping from the moment I started reading... twists and turns all the way through it that leave you guessing right to the end. Fantastic book'
'A page turner from the first word to the last'
'An intricate plot, very well thought out and executed - enthralling'
When the hunter becomes the prey...
Skinner faces the greatest, most personal tests of his career in Skinner's Ghosts, a gripping crime thriller and the seventh book in Quintin Jardine's highly praised DCC Bob Skinner series. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.
Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner could be forgiven for thinking not only that someone up there doesn't like him, but that someone down here is out to get him. Suffering the strain of a marriage on the rocks, the last thing he needs is for his private life to be plastered across the front pages of a sleazy tabloid. To make matters worse, two brutal murders and new allegations about Skinner himself make simultaneous headlines. As time ticks away, Skinner faces the greatest, and most personal, tests of his career. Unless he can clear his name and uncover the secret behind the series of brutal crimes, he stands to lose everything: his family, his career and even his life and liberty.
What readers are saying about Skinner's Ghosts:
'The storyline is a real treat... my jaw dropped when the end game finally unveiled itself'
'A fast paced, shocking novel with a heart-stopping ending'
'Quintin Jardine has the ability to weave a marvellously good story that keeps you page turning long after you should have put the book down'
A shallow grave hides the deepest secrets...
An exhumed body reveals long-buried secrets in Quintin Jardine's Bob Skinner mystery, Funeral Note. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.
After a tip-off, a man's body is exhumed from a shallow grave in Edinburgh. Murder surely, yet he died from natural causes, so, case closed? Indeed was there ever a case? But Chief Constable Skinner and his people keep on digging. Who was the man, why was he buried so reverentially, and by whom?
Meanwhile corruption is discovered within the force, and an investigation is launched. Immersed in crises, his marriage heading for the rocks, Skinner finds his very career hanging in the balance, its fate beyond his control. In a tale seen through the eyes of each of its leading players, mystery upon mystery is laid down until the greatest threat of all those facing the Chief is revealed, and a deadly race begins. Can he win out, or will his life implode?
What readers are saying about Funeral Note:
'The big problem with reading Quintin Jardine's books is that you never want them to end'
'[Bob Skinner is] a larger than lifecharacter, whose personal life is as complicated as the murders he solves'
'A masterful adventure'
A gangland killing sets Edinburgh's police chief on a deadly quest...
Skinner is on the trail of organised crime and a cold-blooded killer in Skinner's Trail, the gripping third novel in Quintin Jardine's bestselling crime series. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and James Oswald.
'Engrossing, believable characters... captures Edinburgh beautifully... It all adds up to a very good read' - Edinburgh Evening News
First the joyous birth of Skinner's son... then the grim reality of murder in one of Edinburgh's prosperous suburbs. A man has been found knifed in a luxury villa. The victim had run a chain of laundrettes, saunas and pubs throughout the city, but for some time the police suspected these to be the front for a drug distribution network. As the murder investigation continues without result, it seems the killer was particularly cunning in covering his tracks - leaving no clues or leads to pursue. But then another seemingly minor crime - involving property fraud - takes Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner in a new direction. Moving from Scotland to northern Spain, then back to a chilling climax in Edinburgh, this complex and suspenseful thriller follows a tortuous and bloodsoaked trail involving vice, corruption and the merchants of death...
What readers are saying about Skinner's Trail:
'All Quintin Jardine's books are a must read, you are hooked from the very first page. I can't get enough of them!'
'I rate Quintin Jardine among the finest crime writersever'
Countdown to disaster for Edinburgh's hardest cop...
Terrorists strike at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival in Skinner's Festival, Quintin Jardine's second novel in the ever popular Bob Skinner series. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.
'Robustly entertaining' - Irish Times
An explosion rocks Princes Street in the midst of the Edinburgh Festival. Responsibility is claimed by a group supposedly demanding political separation from Britain, but as atrocities escalate Skinner realises this is no gang of fanatics, but a highly professional team. The Fighters for an Independent Scotland want the English out of Scotland too and they're ready to back up their demands with bombings, murders and blackmail threats aimed at wreaking havoc at the Edinburgh Festival of the Arts.
But the Fighters haven't reckoned with Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner, head of the Edinburgh CID and security adviser to Secretary of State Alan Ballantyne. Even as craven Ballantyne vows empty defiance of the Fighters, defending his principles with the blood of innocent coppers and bystanders, Skinner assembles a crack task force, carries the ball when the Secretary fumbles on the air, and wrestles with the beast within, who emerges with periodic ferocity to foil a clever, greedy scheme involving the crown jewels and Skinner's own daughter.
What readers are saying about Skinner's Festival:
'Gripping, plot twisting brilliance,a true thriller'
'Suspense from beginning to end'
'Couldn't put it down'
Is a killer still on the loose?
The thirtieth gritty mystery in Quintin Jardine's bestselling Bob Skinner series, not to be missed by readers of Ian Rankin and Peter May. Praise for Quintin Jardine's gripping novels: 'Well constructed, fast-paced, Jardine's narrative has many an ingenious twist and turn' Observer
When a murder investigation that's been closed for thirty years is suddenly re-opened, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner is quickly drawn into the action.
The story of the Body in the Quarry was well-known around Edinburgh all those years ago: a popular priest found dead in a frozen quarry; a suspect with a clear motive charged; a guilty verdict. But with a journalist uncovering new evidence, the cold case has come back to haunt Skinner's old mentor Jimmy Proud - and only one man can help him.
Skinner is long out of the police force, but he can't say no. With the clock ticking, and his friend's reputation at stake, he must uncover the truth to find out if an innocent man was convicted for murder. And if a killer is still on the loose . . .
A shocking act of violence at the Palace of Westminster draws Edinburgh's toughest cop into a complex new case...
Skinner is plunged into a web of politics and enemies in STATE SECRETS, another compelling and utterly addictive mystery from bestselling author, Quintin Jardine. Not to be missed by readers of Ian Rankin and Peter May.
Praise for Quintin Jardine's gritty novels: 'Well constructed, fast-paced...many an ingenious twist and turn' Observer
Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner is long out of the police force but trouble has a habit of following him around. So it is that he finds himself in the Palace of Westminster as a shocking act befalls the nation.
Hours before the Prime Minister is due to make a controversial statement, she is discovered in her office with a letter opener driven through her skull.
Is the act political? Personal? Or even one of terror?
Skinner is swiftly enlisted by the Security Service to lead the investigation. Reunited with Met Police Commander Neil McIlhenney, he has forty-eight hours to crack the case - before the press unleash their wrath.
There are many in the tangled web of government with cause to act. But the outcome will be one that not even Skinner himself could predict...
What readers are saying about STATE SECRETS:
'From start to finishit is a brilliant story written by a person of pure literary genius'
'Gripping, complex and seemingly impossible to resolve until the carefully-crafted finale'
'Twists and turns abound in this Skinner tome. You will not be disappointed as Bob continues to investigate and intimidate in his usual style'
When millionaire Leo Speight is found poisoned, Scotland's toughest cop is called in to solve the high-profile case...
Skinner joins his old team in a complex murder investigation in the twenty-ninth gripping mystery in Quintin Jardine's bestselling crime series. Praise for Jardine's compelling novels: 'A masterclass in how murder-mysteries ought to be written' Scots Magazine
When millionaire Leo Speight is found poisoned at his Ayrshire mansion, Police Scotland has a tough case on its hands. Speight was a champion boxer with national hero status, and a long list of lovers and friends stand to benefit from his estate. Did one of them decide to speed things up? Or was jealousy or rivalry the motive?
The Security Service wants to stay close to the investigation and they have just the man to send in: ex-Chief Constable Bob Skinner. Skinner might have retired from the police, but solving crimes is in his blood. Combining forces with DI Lottie Mann and DS Dan Provan of Serious Crimes, he's determined to see Speight's murderer put away for a long time. But there's a twist even Bob Skinner couldn't see coming...
'Well constructed, fast-paced, Jardine's narrative has many an ingenious twist and turn' Observer
Edinburgh's hardest cop hunts a serial killer...
The book that launched a legend: Skinner's Rules is the first novel in the bestselling Bob Skinner series by acclaimed author Quintin Jardine. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Peter James.
'Remarkably assured novel... a tour de force' - New York Times
As head of Edinburgh's CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner has seen it all... but even he is shocked by the savagely mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The victim is identified as a successful young lawyer, and the motive for the brutal death remains a mystery. Then further seemingly random killings in the city begin to suggest a vicious serial killer is on the rampage. But when the lawyer's fiancée is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest...
What readers are saying about Skinner's Rules:
'Quintin Jardine is by far the best author of crime fiction I have ever read'
'Brilliant book, with strong characters who are likeable and believable. Well worth reading if you like crime thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat'
'Quintin Jardin starts to build the rich character of Bob Skinner from the start, capturing the quintessence of both Edinburgh and a crime investigation... You'll pick it up and not put it down'
Can Edinburgh's hardest cop stay the course?
Bob Skinner must challenge local beliefs and legends to solve a gruesome murder in Skinner's Round, the fourth instalment in Quintin Jardine's crime series. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Peter May.
'An intriguing look at golf as big business, combined with Jardine's deft plotting and skilful writing, makes this another winning entry in an outstanding police procedural series' - Booklist
A four-day tournament involving the world's leading golfers is being staged to mark the opening of a new country club created on the Marquis of Kinture's East Lothian estate. But on the previous Sunday afternoon, one of Kinture's business partners is found dead in his private jacuzzi in the clubhouse - with his throat cut. The next day an anonymous letter is received by the local newspaper, containing a fragment of a legendary witches' curse upon anyone who desecrates their place of worship. When a second murder occurs, this time by water, ACC Bob Skinner finds himself facing the most challenging case of his career...
What readers are saying about Skinner's Round:
'Best Bob Skinner story so far. I was kept gripped to the very end'
'What an ending'
GAME OVER is the twenty-seventh gripping Bob Skinner mystery from crime master Quintin Jardine, author of HOUR OF DARKNESS, LAST RESORT, PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS and many more.
'Another cracker from Jardine...There are plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep you engrossed' Scots Magazine
When supermodel Annette Bordeaux is found battered and strangled in her Edinburgh flat, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner's old team instantly have a global case on their hands.
The victim's husband, world-renowned footballer and recent Merrytown FC signing, is quickly discounted as a suspect. But there are others in the club with less watertight alibis...
Two years out of the game, Skinner can't help getting his hands dirty. And as his old team work to convict the prime suspect, his own daughter, Alex, is the lawyer tasked with leading the defence.
The opposing sides must work to find the culprit while the press watch on. But in this game, no one can be trusted, and there are murkier deeds still to uncover before the final whistle blows...
Death is a hard habit to break...
Private Investigations is Quintin Jardine's twenty-sixth Bob Skinner mystery and sees the Edinburgh sleuth plunged into a gruelling case, in which no score will go unsettled. A thrilling mystery for fans of Ian Rankin and Peter James.
Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has uncovered his fair share of shocking crime scenes over his thirty-year career. But none could prepare him for the sight he finds stowed in the back of a stolen car that collides with his on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
As his former colleagues investigate, Skinner takes on an unusual commission of his own.
The body count rises, motives appear, the hunt goes global, and potential conflicts surface. In his new guise, is Skinner is on the side of the angels... or working against them?
What readers are saying about Private Investigations:
'Brilliant read from first to last page'
'The plot has plenty of twists and turns... and with a new development in every chapter, it is extremely addictive'
'There is something for everyone in Private Investigations, a complicated plot, an interesting protagonist, some serious points and humour'