Grievous Angel by Quintin Jardine
(Bob Skinner Mysteries)

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Edinburgh's toughest cop, Bob Skinner, looks into his past to assuage his demons in Quintin Jardine's thrilling new mystery.Skinner revisits his nightmares: old but not forgotten. Fifteen years in the past, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Bob Skinner is called to investigate a most brutal death. A man lies at the deep end of an empty swimming pool, his neck broken and almost every other bone in his body shattered. Soon, an organised crime connection looms, and bloody retribution spreads to a second city. Then violence erupts on a new front, as a vicious knifeman seems to be targeting Edinburgh's gay population. As if this double dose of homicide isn't enough for a single man with a teenage daughter to raise and protect, Skinner's personal life takes a similar, perilous twist. Can he stay on the side of the angels, or will he fall . . .?

About Quintin Jardine

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Quintin Jardine gave up the life of a political spin doctor for the more morally acceptable world of murder and mayhem. Happily married, he splits his time between Scotland and Spain. He's in the phone book in both locations, but can also be tracked down through his website
Published June 9, 2011 by Headline. 482 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Persuaded by her that a "burden shared might be a burden halved," he agrees to set it all down, indiscreet bits included, and willy-nilly the reader is hauled back 15 years to a down and dismal point in the Skinner saga, though his robust career continues on a fast track.

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Set in the mid-1990s, Jardine’s hard-hitting 21st Bob Skinner mystery (after 2010’s A Rush of Blood) fills in some of the Scottish chief constable’s backstory.

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Yes Pages: 416 Date: June 2011 Publisher: Headline External links: Author's website ISBN: 978-0755356935 I recently read (and reviewed) Jardine's The Loner and found it an engaging work of fiction, so I was looking forward to dipping into my first Bob Skinner Mystery.

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I've spent the last few books in the long-running Bob Skinner series wondering where Jardine would take his character now that Skinner has finally achieved his ambition of becoming Chief Constable.

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