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
Praise for Quintin Jardine: 'If Ian Rankin is the Robert Carlyle of Scottish crime writers, then Jardine is surely its Sean Connery'
Very engaging as well as ingenious, and the unraveling of the mystery is excellently done
More twists and turns than TV's Taggart at its best
A complex and suspenseful saga that never flags from start to finish
Well constructed, fast-paced, Jardine's narrative has many an ingenious twist and turn
Remarkably assured, raw-boned, a tour de force
Gritty cop drama that makes Taggart look tame