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Dead and Buried by Quintin Jardine
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Dead and Buried (2007)

by Quintin Jardine

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Murder usually follows its own unique, twisted logic. Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner has a failed marriage and a death on his conscience. However, he faces the biggest challenge of his career within the secret corridors where dark power is wielded. As his hunt develops, he goes to the top - the Prime Minister - lest he himself becomes collateral damage. Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, Skinner's daughter is being stalked. Can he protect her? A bookmaker taking one gamble too many has paid his debt in a gruesome fashion. Is it an underworld vendetta, or something more sinister? Then, Skinner believes he's discovered a bigamist at work - or is it something worse? Four crimes, four crises: can Skinner and his people solve them? Indeed, can they survive them?… (more)

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Mr Jardine has long been a favourite British thriller writer, but now his books are readily available in the North American market. If my count is right this will be the 16th Chief Constable Bob Skinner book and the first one that I have read. It was a great escapist read and I burned through it. It really doesn't get much grimmer than Glasgow in winter, other than maybe Baltimore in winter as portrayed on "The Wire" I have to admitt however that I thought Bob Skinner was a big mouth pain in the ass and his macho questioning of suspects more likely to induce death by boredom than any thing else. Yet Bob has moved with the times and has embraced the new American wisdom of torture. Where will he go from here? I spent half the book laughing. ( )
  bhowell | Sep 27, 2009 |
Bob Skinner is this time clearing up after a Security services scandal described in a previous novel, whilst his Chief Constable decides to try a bit of freelance detective work in his own time. Clever plotting, as usual lots of characters to keep track of, so you need to pay attention. ( )
  edwardsgt | Jul 24, 2008 |
The last Skinner book was arrant nonsense, but this one is back on form. Following directly after the events of the previous book, this inserts a slight dose of reality into all that silliness.

The real strength of these books has always been the breadth oft he cast of characters, rather than just Skinner himself. The whole cast of supporting characters have lives and personalities and grow along with the main characters as the series progresses. It is especially fun to see Proud Jimmy out from behind his desk and investigating a mystery of his own. ( )
  JustAGirl | Mar 25, 2008 |
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