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Skinner's Rules by Quintin Jardine

Skinner's Rules (1993)

by Quintin Jardine

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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 himslef, Skinner is determined that in Edinburgh, at least, folk will abide by his rules.… (more)



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Had high hopes for this book.
However the ghost of Logan McRae lingered and gradually I grew disbelieving and disliking of Skinner. His character DOES seem to be the author's wish list fulfillment. NOONE is that perfect and I think once I realized that on top of everything else he was a perfect widowed dad ( widowed parenting in REAL life being my forte) ...I switched off.
A totally unbelievable, goody two shoes character . Shame as the crimes were brilliantly described....but my Logan is The Man :) ( )
  RuthieD | Jun 27, 2014 |
The 'sex' is about as bad as it comes (sic). But otherwise quite a good plot and the blood, guts and brains are quite unemotional as ....[SPOILER].... he does a good job of protecting any characters that you might get to like! And just because it was written in 1994 that does not mean it should be out of the question for any women to do violence. In fact it was quite an enlightened time for a feminist! The women in this book are only allowed to be victims, lovers, mothers, wives and daughters. However I did enjoy it - especially as it was set in Edinburgh. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
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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