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Quintin Jardine - Author

About the Author

Twenty years ago Quintin Jardine abandoned the life of a media relations consultant for the more morally acceptable world of murder and mayhem. Over thirty published novels later, it's a decision that he has never regretted. Happily married, he splits his time between Scotland and Spain.

Featured books by Quintin Jardine

Mathew's Tale

Mathew's Tale

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2015

In this, his landmark fortieth novel, Quintin Jardine tells the remarkable story of a man's quest for justice - at any cost. 1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire. Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After seven years away, he is a ghostly presence to those he left behind. But Mathew is ambitious and soon becomes a man of influence in his county and beyond. Yet through all his success, he still hides the loss of his one true love. When a terrible act of murder occurs, Mathew must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law. And as a man of honour with a warrior's instincts, he embarks on a journey of vengeance that will test every sinew of his faith in mankind...

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Mathew's Tale

Mathew's Tale

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2015

In this, his landmark fortieth novel, Quintin Jardine tells the remarkable story of a man's quest for justice - at any cost. 1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire. Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After seven years away, he is a ghostly presence to those he left behind. But Mathew is ambitious and soon becomes a man of influence in his county and beyond. Yet through all his success, he still hides the loss of his one true love. When a terrible act of murder occurs, Mathew must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law. And as a man of honour with a warrior's instincts, he embarks on a journey of vengeance that will test every sinew of his faith in mankind...

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Hour of Darkness

Hour of Darkness

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

Quintin Jardine's new Bob Skinner novel sees the Edinburgh cop faced with a case that calls every part of his life into question. The body of a murdered woman is found washed up on Cramond Island near the mouth of the River Forth. Days later detectives are called to a flat in Edinburgh; the kitchen is covered in blood, and the occupier is missing. When the name of the woman from Cramond Island is revealed, it stirs unwelcome memories for those who knew her, Chief Constable Bob Skinner most of all. Now based in Glasgow, he has no reason to become involved in the case. Yet he does, unwittingly setting in motion a course that leads him to the toughest choice of his life, putting him in the midst of a personal nightmare, both life-threatening and career changing.

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As Serious As Death

As Serious As Death

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Primavera Blackstone has finally found contentment by the Spanish sea. A fiercely protective single mother, she doesn't appreciate an offer of marriage. Nor does she welcome a blast from her murky Scottish past, retired cop Ricky Ross. Ricky now works for millionaire airline owner Jack Weighley - a powerful man to whom you don't say 'no'. Together Primavera and Ricky must investigate a series of assaults on Jack's aircraft. Are they acts of vandalism, or the sinister work of Catalan extremists? As Primavera and Ricky are drawn into events, and the body count rises, Primavera begins to understand the true meaning of 'till death us do part'...

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Hour Of Darkness

Hour Of Darkness

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/05/2014

The body of a murdered woman is found washed up on Cramond Island near the mouth of the River Forth. Days later detectives are called to a flat in Edinburgh; the kitchen is covered in blood, and the occupier is missing. When the name of the woman from Cramond Island is revealed, it stirs unwelcome memories for those who knew her, Chief Constable Bob Skinner most of all. Now based in Glasgow, he has no reason to become involved in the case. Yet he does, unwittingly setting in motion a course that leads him to the toughest choice of his life, putting him in the midst of a personal nightmare, both life-threatening and career changing.

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Pray for the Dying

Pray for the Dying

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

'After what happened, none of us can be sure we're going to see tomorrow.' The killing was an expert hit. Three shots through the head, as the lights dimmed at a celebrity concert in Glasgow. A most public crime, and Edinburgh Chief Constable Bob Skinner is right in the centre of the storm. The shooters were killed at the scene, but who sent them? The crisis finds Skinner taking a step that he had sworn he never would. Tasked with the investigation of the outrage, he finds himself uncovering some very murky deeds...The trail leads to London, and a confrontation that seems too much, even for him. Can the Chief solve the most challenging mystery of his career...or will failure end it?

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Other books by Quintin Jardine

Dangerous Pursuits

Dangerous Pursuits

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2014

DANGEROUS PURSUITS: The Deluxe Edition. Enjoy the first title in Quintin Jardine's Oz Blackstone series - BLACKSTONE'S PURSUITS - plus the brand-new Author's Cut, updated with new material, exclusive to ebook.When private enquiry agent Oz Blackstone takes on the job of finding an insurance company's missing half million, he's hoping for a healthy finder's fee, not a life-changing experience. But when he finds the corpse of the would-be embezzler with a knife in his back and no sign of the missing money, what had seemed like a routine job begins to look distinctly dodgy.Until the captivating Primavera 'Prim' Phillips arrives on the scene, wondering why she's been greeted not by her sister Dawn, but Dawn's dead boyfriend and a rather nervous-looking private eye. For Oz, things are looking up. This is the kind of girl who's definitely worth pursuing. Especially if she knows where to get her hands on half a million pounds...

Pray for the Dying

Pray for the Dying

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

'After what happened, none of us can be sure we're going to see tomorrow.' The killing was an expert hit. Three shots through the head, as the lights dimmed at a celebrity concert in Glasgow. A most public crime, and Edinburgh Chief Constable Bob Skinner is right in the centre of the storm. The shooters were killed at the scene, but who sent them? The crisis finds Skinner taking a step that he had sworn he never would. Tasked with the investigation of the outrage, he finds himself uncovering some very murky deeds...The trail leads to London, and a confrontation that seems too much, even for him. Can the Chief solve the most challenging mystery of his career...or will failure end it?

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Deadly Business (Primavera Blackstone series, Book 4) A twisting crime novel of intrigue and suspense

Deadly Business (Primavera Blackstone series, Book 4) A twisting crime novel of intrigue and suspense

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2013

It's the Fiesta de San Juan in Spain, the national celebration of the Summer Solstice, and there's much excitement about a huge firework display in the village of St Marti. But Primavera Blackstone is more inflamed by the appearance of a mysterious writer, Duncan Culshaw, who is determined to rake through the ashes of her past. And when extortion and blackmail are mentioned, Primavera realises the heat is on. Duncan has his fingers burned, playing fast and loose with the fiercely protective Prim, but when he marries a dying woman for her money, threatening the inheritance of Prim's son Tom, things are going to get explosive...but happily, there's a new guardian angel in town.

Funeral Note (Bob Skinner series, Book 22) Death, deception and corruption in a gritty crime thriller

Funeral Note (Bob Skinner series, Book 22) Death, deception and corruption in a gritty crime thriller

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2013

The brilliant new Bob Skinner mystery by the master of crime fiction, his most ambitious ever. 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, 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?

Dead and Buried (Bob Skinner series, Book 16) A gritty Edinburgh mystery full of murder and intrigue

Dead and Buried (Bob Skinner series, Book 16) A gritty Edinburgh mystery full of murder and intrigue

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2013

Murder is rarely cut and dried. Usually it follows its own unique, twisted logic... Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner has a failed marriage on his hands, and a death on his conscience. He faces the biggest challenge of his career within the secret corridors of Westminster, where dark power is wielded. Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh, Skinner's daughter is being harassed by a stalker. Can he protect her? A bookmaker has taken one gamble too many and paid his debt in a gruesome fashion. Is it an underworld vendetta, or something more sinister? Alongside it all a casual call to the Chief Constable sets him on a personal crusade which quickly points to a bigamist at work. Or is it worse? Four crimes, four crises: can Skinner and his people solve them? Indeed can they survive them?

As Easy as Murder (Primavera Blackstone series, Book 3) Suspicion and death in a thrilling crime novel

As Easy as Murder (Primavera Blackstone series, Book 3) Suspicion and death in a thrilling crime novel

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2012

Evil stalks an idyllic retreat... A tranquil Spanish village by the sea is the perfect place for Primavera Blackstone to raise her ten-year-old Tom, son of the late lamented Oz, especially when they are joined by his nephew, tyro pro golfer Jonny Sinclair. But when her best friend Shirley introduces her new man, Patterson Cowling, he seems to be a trouble magnet. A casual thief tries to pick his pocket and is found a few days later with his face blown off. A bloody coincidence, or does Patterson Cowling have a past to protect? As the body count rises, and Primavera becomes den mother to an extended golfing family, it seems that homicide is par for the course, and that hazards lie in wait for everyone. Can she save the day, or is the game just too rough?

Grievous Angel (Bob Skinner series, Book 21) A gritty past case for Edinburgh's toughest cop

Grievous Angel (Bob Skinner series, Book 21) A gritty past case for Edinburgh's toughest cop

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2012

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 . . .?

Lethal Intent (Bob Skinner series, Book 15) A grippingly suspenseful Edinburgh crime thriller

Lethal Intent (Bob Skinner series, Book 15) A grippingly suspenseful Edinburgh crime thriller

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2011

Would you kill, to save a life? DCC Bob Skinner faces a life-changing dilemma... 'If we are right about this, the stakes are higher than anything I've ever faced.' Gangsters have infiltrated Edinburgh. MI5 are on their case and, unknown to Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner, have set up a drug-dealing sting to flush the them out. The resulting mayhem throws everyone into confusion until they realise the gangsters are preparing a hit on one of the Royal family. Meanwhile two policemen mourn the loss of a son and a daughter in mysterious circumstances, and another witnesses his son being abducted. Is someone trying to wreak revenge on the police force? Are the crimes linked? Quintin Jardine keeps you guessing until the end in this tautly plotted and powerful novel.

Stay of Execution (Bob Skinner series, Book 14) Evil stalks the pages of this gripping Edinburgh crime thriller

Stay of Execution (Bob Skinner series, Book 14) Evil stalks the pages of this gripping Edinburgh crime thriller

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Can you fight evil with evil...? DCC Bob Skinner faces his toughest investigation... Evil stalks the city of Edinburgh. This time the threat is bigger than the crooks, scam-artists or drug dealers who find their prey in the shadows of the streets. Some people are looking for a big-time hit. The body of a respectable businessman is found hanging from a tree; a veteran from a Belgian marching band is killed in a hit-and-run incident and another dies of an apparent heart attack. Excitement on the streets of Edinburgh is feverish as the city prepares for a huge rally to celebrate the return of Pope John the 25th to his hometown. The security has to be bulletproof. But there is a chink in the armour. Does Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner have the inner strength to find the answer to the biggest question of all?

The Loner A man of integrity. A world of lies. A criminal betrayal.

The Loner A man of integrity. A world of lies. A criminal betrayal.

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

A brilliant new stand-alone crime thriller from Scotland's Crime Master Xavier (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 is an unforgettable story of a man riding a one-way train to oblivion. Will he escape, before it hits the buffers, full-speed?

Fallen Gods (Bob Skinner series, Book 13) An unmissable Edinburgh crime thriller of intrigue and secrets

Fallen Gods (Bob Skinner series, Book 13) An unmissable Edinburgh crime thriller of intrigue and secrets

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

Can Skinner surmount the greatest challenge of his life... and if he does, will he ever be the same? A thrilling novel in the hugely popular Scottish crime series. When a body is found after a flood, the secrets of a tempestuous life surface with it. Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner has kept the existence of his hated brother Michael hidden for years. As he relives their past conflict, other demons threaten his future. For not only are his professional enemies circling, but Sarah, his wife, seems set on a course for calamity. Meanwhile, in an Edinburgh art gallery, his team confront a shocking and very public case of arson. Was it a political protest, or something much deeper?

Head Shot (Bob Skinner series, Book 12) A thrilling crime novel of murder and intrigue

Head Shot (Bob Skinner series, Book 12) A thrilling crime novel of murder and intrigue

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2011

Can Skinner penetrate multiple layers of intrigue to unearth a killer? An exhilarating installment in this hugely popular Scottish crime series. Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner has witnessed the aftermath of murder countless times. Yet nothing could have prepared him for identifying the strangled bodies of his wife's beloved parents, killed at their lakeside cabin in New York State. Driven by cold rage, Skinner quickly muscles in on the investigation and soon finds links with three other cases, where the killing is too professional to be the result of a burglary gone wrong...

Thursday Legends (Bob Skinner series, Book 10) A gritty crime thriller of murder and suspense

Thursday Legends (Bob Skinner series, Book 10) A gritty crime thriller of murder and suspense

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

A brutal and apparently motiveless murder leads Skinner to suspect his own friends of treachery, in this gripping crime novel of retribution and ultimate justice. For Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner, the Thursday night football game at the local gym has long been an unbroken ritual. Until the savagely mutilated body of a former player is found, and suddenly the Thursday Legends have more to worry about than aching backs and dodgy knees. Former Head of Special Branch Alec Smith made plenty of enemies during his long career - and there is no shortage of suspects. But as Skinner's investigation gathers pace, everything keeps pointing to the Legends themselves. Is someone targeting this disparate group of colleagues and friends in some bizarre scheme of retribution? Or is the murderer one of them? Either way, the hunt for the killer is going to come uncomfortably close to home...

A Rush of Blood (Bob Skinner series, Book 20) A thrilling crime novel of death and deception

A Rush of Blood (Bob Skinner series, Book 20) A thrilling crime novel of death and deception

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2011

A complex tale of deception and revenge leads Skinner and his people to a bloody encounter and a dramatic confrontation... The horrific suicide of a successful Lithuanian entrepreneur rouses suspicion amongst the newly appointed Chief Constable Bob Skinner and his colleagues. They've crossed swords with the businessman before; why would a man with everything to live for take his own life? As enquiries begin, a mystery girl, drugged and incoherent, is dumped in a health centre by a mysterious Galahad, who promptly disappears. Who is she, who is he, and where has he gone? Is it coincidence that most of the massage parlours in the city have suddenly closed overnight?

Autographs in the Rain (Bob Skinner series, Book 11) A suspenseful crime thriller of celebrity and murder

Autographs in the Rain (Bob Skinner series, Book 11) A suspenseful crime thriller of celebrity and murder

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Attempted murder and a mysterious stalker are a little close for comfort for DCC Skinner, in this thrilling crime novel. As Bob Skinner takes an evening stroll with a gorgeous filmstar on his arm, surely the worst of his worries is that back at headquarters, an ambitious new colleague is scheming to enlarge his territory at Skinner's expense. But when a frightening shot-gun attack sends Skinner and his old flame Louise Bankier diving for cover, it seems danger has zeroed in on him once again. Returning to Scotland to shoot her latest film, Louise is one of Scotland's most popular exports. But it seems she has a stalker; someone who is clearly determined to scare her. For Skinner, tracking down her tormentor isn't just business - it's now very personal indeed...

Gallery Whispers (Bob Skinner series, Book 9) A gritty Edinburgh crime thriller

Gallery Whispers (Bob Skinner series, Book 9) A gritty Edinburgh crime thriller

Author: Quintin Jardine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2010

A terrorist threat and a serial killer on the streets Edinburgh spell trouble for Scotland's toughest cop. One of the world's most ruthless terrorists is on his way to Edinburgh with only one thing on his mind: the forthcoming conference of world Heads of Government. If DCC Skinner doesn't pick up his trail fast, he could have a global disaster in his backyard. While all eyes are focused on the terrorist threat, a terminally ill woman is found dead - an apparent suicide. But the marks of an assisted death are discovered and this seemingly random death soon proves to be the beginning of an ominous pattern. For Skinner, the desperate race to find a heartless terrorist mixes uneasily with the search for a mercy killer- a search which takes on a poignant personal significance...