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Skinner's rules (1993)

by Quintin Jardine

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An entertaining read, but I do not like the international intrigue. The book envisions a different kind of Arab spring, but I do not think that even the Iraqis or the Syrians would have tried the stunt that is the basis for this plot. I will give this series one more chance. ( )
  Darrol | Oct 16, 2011 |
The 1994 time frame feels far more dated than it should, the protagonist seems like an exercise in authorial wish fulfillment (a middle aged man who has good looks, is fearsomely fit, a karate master, a crack shot, emotionally healthy, and great in bed, etc., etc.), and the identity of the villain is glaringly obvious. Worth it if you want to experience the cognitive dissonance associated with a 2011 perspective on the central conspiracy involving Saddam Hussein ("the Iraqi") and Syrian/Lebanese politics. ( )
  kylenapoli | Mar 9, 2011 |
Skinner series #1. A police procedural set in Edinburgh, intense and convincing, with a good side story on the Chief Inspector's romance with a young medical pathologist. The beginning of a very enjoyable series. ( )
  tripleblessings | Feb 2, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0747241392, Paperback)

As head of Edinburgh's CID, Bob Skinner has seen it all—but even he is shocked by the mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The motive for the brutal murder remains a mystery, until an elaborate smokescreen emerges which shrouds an intricate conspiracy.

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CRIME & MYSTERY. In the thrilling first novel in Quintin Jardine's acclaimed Scottish crime series, DCS Bob Skinner faces a twisted serial killer. 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 fiancee is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest. What eventually emerges is an elaborate smokescreen shrouding a deep-rooted and intricate conspiracy. Now, whatever the danger to himself, Skinner is determined that in Edinburgh, at least, folk will abide by his rules.… (more)

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