The first novel in the compelling Oz Blackstone mystery series
When private enquiry agent Oz Blackstone takes on the job of finding an insurance company's missing half million, he's hoping for a healthy finder's fee, not a life-changing experience. But when he finds the corpse of the would-be embezzler with a knife in his back and no sign of the missing money, what had seemed like a routine job begins to look distinctly dodgy. Until the captivating Primavera 'Prim' Phillips arrives on the scene, wondering why she's been greeted not by her sister Dawn, but Dawn's dead boyfriend and a rather nervous-looking private eye. For Oz, things are looking up. This is the kind of girl who's definitely worth pursuing. Especially if she knows where to get her hands on half a million pounds ...
'As hardboiled as any Taggart story' Peterborough Evening Telegraph
'A complex and suspenseful saga that never flags from start to finish' Bolton Evening News
'Heart-stopping thriller' Peterborough Evening Telegraph
'More twists and turns than TV's Taggart at its best' Stirling Observer
'A first-class read' Jeffrey Archer
'Engrossing, believable characters...captures Edinburgh beautifully...It all adds up to a very good read' Edinburgh Evening News
'Excellent thriller' Manchester Evening News
'Comes through strongly and believably...has the right city atmosphere' Edinburgh Evening News
'Compelling stuff...one to watch' Oxford Times
'Remarkably assured novel...a tour de force' New York Times
'Gritty cop drama that makes Taggart look tame' Northern Echo Darlington
'Skinner is a TV series waiting to happen' Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Praise for Quintin Jardine:
'The Skinner series grows in authority and should be a natural for television' Time Out
'Robustly entertaining' Irish Times
'Quintin Jardine has created the toughe
'Rich in local characterisation...an enjoyable adventure' Edinburgh Evening News
'Deplorably readable' Guardian
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