Synopses & Reviews
Ingenious and compelling, this is Quintin Jardine's most ambitious novel yet and an extraordinary achievement After a tip-off, a man's body is exhumed from a shallow grave in Edinburgh. Murder surely, yet he died from natural causes, so, case closed? Indeed, was there ever a case? But Chief Constable Skinner and his people keep on digging. Who was the man, why was he buried so reverentially, and by whom? Meanwhile corruption is discovered within the force, and an investigation launched. Immersed in crises and with his marriage heading for the rocks, Skinner finds his very career hanging in the balance, its fate beyond his control. In a tale seen through the eyes of each of its leading players, Quintin Jardine, the Crimemaster, lays mystery upon mystery until the greatest threat of all those facing the Chief is revealed, and a deadly race begins. Can he win out, or will his life implode?
"Jo Bannister, Peter Turnbull, and Ian Rankin can be considered read-a-likes, but when it comes to the depiction of a multilevel police force in action, Jardine . . . stands alone." —Library Journal on Death's Door
"Jardine excels at coordinating the multiple crimes crucial to a police procedural and setting his coppers against the clock." —Kirkus Reviews on Fallen Gods
About the Author
Quintin Jardine is the author of the Bob Skinner Mysteries, the Oz Blackstone series, and the Primavera Blackstone series.