Fallen Gods

Fallen Gods

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The heat is on for Bob Skinner, whose career hangs by a thread. A body found in the aftermath of a flood is identified as the hated brother whose existence he has kept hidden for years, and a flammable device destroys a valuable painting. As Skinner and his team tackle these crises, his wife Sarah finds comfort with an old college lover. Bob will need all his fearsome resources to sort out the tangled mess his life has become.show more

Product details

  • Mixed media product
  • 157 x 240 x 31mm | 476g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0753116766
  • 9780753116760

Review Text

Maverick police chief Bob Skinner returns for his 13th thriller but this time it seems he is destined to play the part of the thwarted rather than the thwarter. Having keeled over at a funeral, the Scottish detective meets resistance in his efforts to make a comeback. His enemies inside and outside the force have put it about that he had a heart attack and should be pensioned off, while Skinner himself insists he suffered nothing more than a blackout due to some rare syndrome. But is he still up to the crime-busting job? Many are prepared to wager he isn't. So Quintin Jardine sets up conflict within the police force and its cabal of civilian administrators, then chucks in a few shocks that will startle even Skinner fans. A body that turns up in flood debris turns out to be that of Skinner's detested brother, a man whose existence Skinner has kept secret for years. Next, a firebomber strikes at the heart of Scotland's cultural centre and then Skinner's wife is accused of murder while grieving in America over the loss of her parents. The pace is unremitting, with new plotlines and complications appearing almost by the chapter. There is a sexually perverted councillor who turns out to have a violent criminal past, and assorted problems for Skinner's colleagues to sort out in their private lives. The whole thing whizzes along like a TV soap opera on rocket juice. Some of the characters are thin and a few coincidences take a bit of swallowing, but the personality of Bob Skinner dominates the book just as it dominates the force he leads, and the story ends with a powerful sting. (Kirkus UK)show more

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4 39% (98)
3 25% (64)
2 3% (7)
1 1% (2)
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