Hour Of Darkness (Bob Skinner series, Book 24)
A gritty Edinburgh mystery of murder and intrigue
By Quintin Jardine
Bob Skinner's toughest case puts both his life and his career in jeopardy in Hour of Darkness, Quintin Jardine's thrilling Scottish mystery.
Blood will out, always...
Quintin Jardine's Bob Skinner novel Hour of Darkness sees the Edinburgh cop faced with a case that calls every part of his life into question. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Peter May.
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.
What readers are saying about Hour of Darkness:
'Well written [with] twists and turns galore'
'Enthralling... I could hardly put it down. Finished it in next to no time and what a brilliant climax'
'Quintin Jardine writes the most interesting detective stories and always keeps you wanting more'
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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08 May 2014
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Praise for Quintin Jardine: If Ian Rankin is the Robert Carlyle of Scottish crime writers, then Jardine is surely its Sean Connery — Glasgow Herald
If you're looking for a detective whose personal life is as active, contradictory and complicated as his job then follow the Edinburgh exploits of Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner in Quintin Jardine's Skinner series — Radio Times
A complex and suspenseful saga that never flags from start to finish — Bolton Evening News
Gritty cop drama that makes Taggart look tame — Northern Echo
More twists and turns than TV's Taggart at its best — Stirling Observer
Deplorably readable — Guardian
Compelling stuff — Oxford Times