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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Scottish author Johnston returns to a previous series featuring pig-headed, blues-loving ex-cop Quint Dalrymple who treads the pavements of Edinburgh in a near future independent city-states Scotland. Brought into play by the discovery of a human heart on a football pitch followed by headless body in a canal, Quint is tasked to investigate the links of the crimes to a forthcoming referendum about the city actually rejoining Scotland. Flanked by sidekick Davie he is confronted by the possibility of dark plots engineered by the Council of the City Guardians or the doings of the notorious local gangs.Topical to say the least and gently ironic in the purest of noir traditions, a welcome return for a subversive anti-hero in a cleverly-plotted puzzler with a unique setting that makes the series stand out from the rest of the mystery field. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Maverick ex-cop Quint Dalrymple returns to investigate a series of gruesome murders in a near-future independent Edinburgh. Independent Edinburgh, 2033. The Council of City Guardians has been forced to relax its grip on citizens and the borders are no longer secure. Then a human heart is found on a football pitch. Maverick investigator Quint Dalrymple is called in - but before he makes much progress, a citizen's headless body floats down a canal. Quint uncovers a link to the planned referendum over Edinburgh joining a reconstituted Scotland. But who is behind the killings and mutilations? Are the city's notorious gangs responsible, or does the solution lie with the rulers of Edinburgh and other former Scottish states? Quint must dig deep to save the Council from collapse, and to retain both his head and heart...
Closing date: 31/08/2020
Publication date: 30/04/2015
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||30th April 2015|
|Publisher:||Severn House Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,|
Paul Johnston is one of the UK's most highly regarded and exciting crime writers. He rocketed onto the scene with his debut novel, Body Politic, which won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first novel in 1997. Set in a futuristic Edinburgh run by a supposedly benevolent totalitarian regime, it introduced the maverick investigator Quintilian Dalrymple. A further four novels (forming a quintet, by design, oh yes) consolidated Quint's position in contemporary crime fiction's Premier League of engaging and unusual heroes. Body Politic has recently been optioned for film/ TV, and Paul is working on a new ...More About Paul Johnston