The Loner by Quintin Jardine

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A brilliant new stand-alone crime thriller from Scotland's Crime MasterXavier (Xavi) Aislado is a gentle giant, half Spanish, half Scot, brought up in Edinburgh by his grandmother, Paloma Puig, a ferocious old lady whose grim brand of care sees him into his teens, until his father moves back to Spain, leaving him to grow up fast. His emergence into manhood is colourful, and eventful. After a short career as a professional footballer, he turns to journalism, and has a bloody introduction to the trade, as his first assignment ends in violent death. Inevitably, remorselessly, as his autobiography unfolds, Xavi's life and his love become entwined with his work, and he is immersed in tragedy, loss and betrayal, going halfway round the world in search of a truth that may destroy him.Quintin Jardine's evocation of Xavi's fated world, of the towering being that is Grandma Paloma, and of his love, the beautiful, wilful and hypnotic Grace Starshine, is an unforgettable story of a man riding a one-way train to oblivion. Will he escape, before it hits the buffers, full-speed?

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 hides from critics and creditors in secret locations in Scotland and Spain.
Published April 8, 2011 by Headline Book Publishing. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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The book’s conceit—that the fictional Spanish-born journalist Xavi Aislado (whose last name means “the Loner”) has shared his notes for an autobiography with the author—doesn’t add anything, but the bigger flaw is the slow-moving story line of Xavi’s life, as he transitions from stu...

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We find out early on that the super-talented (or so it seems) Xavi thinks he's got what it takes to make a name for himself in football for a well-known local Scottish team and Jardine gives his readers plenty of sporting prose - but for me, too much, especially for a fiction story.

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It’s billed as a ‘gripping crime thriller’, but Quintin Jardine’s latest novel is something else, more a fictional life story with a crime theme emerging in the last half of the book.

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