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The Roots of Evil

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THE DARKEST DEEDS ARE HIDDEN FROM SIGHT . . .

Bob Skinner is back in the latest gritty mystery in Quintin Jardine's bestselling series, not to be missed by readers of Ian Rankin and Peter May.

New Year's Day, and Edinburgh lies sleeping. But two men will never wake again . . .

When struggling ex-copper Terry Coats was discovered in bed with an air hostess, his excuse that he was 'going undercover' cut no ice with the force - or his wife. But now he's been brutally killed on Hogmanay night, it seems there may have been more to his plea.

Dragged from the New Year celebrations, Special Constable Sir Bob Skinner is shocked to find Coats' body alongside that of Griff Montell: his erstwhile protege, and former lover of Skinner's own daughter, Alex. Could there be some dark truth under Coats' cock-and-bull story, after all?

As the secrets start unravelling, Skinner realises he has gravely underestimated someone close to him - and the effects will cost him, and those he loves, dear . . .

Praise for Jardine's gripping mysteries:

'The legendary Quintin Jardine . . . such a fine writer' Denzil Meyrick

'Scottish crime-writing at its finest, with a healthy dose of plot twists and turns, bodies and plenty of brutality' Sun

'Another powerful tartan noir that packs a punch' Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'Incredibly difficult to put the book down . . . a guide through a world of tangled family politics, hostile takeovers, government-sanctioned killing, extortion and the seedier side of publishing . . . Quintin Jardine should be . . . your first choice!' Scots magazine

'Well constructed, fast-paced, Jardine's narrative has many an ingenious twist and turn' Observer
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 270g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472255925
  • 9781472255921
  • 257,059

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Another powerful tartan noir that packs a punch
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Praise for Quintin Jardine's novels: Well constructed, fast-paced, Jardine's narrative has many an ingenious twist and turn * Observer * A plot with as many twists and turns as a Highland road ... delivers an excellentaddition to the series * CrimeReview.co.uk * Very engaging as well as ingenious, and the unraveling of the mystery is excellently done * Scotsman * Another powerful tartan noir that packs a punch * Peterborough Evening Telegraph *
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About Quintin Jardine

Quintin Jardine was born once upon a time in the West - of Scotland rather than America, but still he grew to manhood as a massive Sergio Leone fan. On the way there he was educated, against his will, in Glasgow, where he ditched a token attempt to study law for more interesting careers in journalism, government propaganda, and political spin-doctoring. After a close call with the Brighton Bomb in 1984, he moved into the even riskier world of media relations consultancy, before realising that all along he had been training to become a crime writer. Now, forty novels later, he never looks back.

Along the way he has created/acquired an extended family in Scotland and Spain. Everything he does is for them.

He can be tracked down through his blog: http://quintinjardine.me
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345 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (119)
3 14% (50)
2 2% (8)
1 2% (6)
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