Still reeling from the tragic death of their much-loved colleague, Skinner's men are about to discover that a disturbed serial killer is still at large and very close to home.
It's the second week of July Trades Holiday in Edinburgh when Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner and his men get a call informing them that the body of a young woman has been found on a golf course. It's been there for ten days so she's not a pretty sight. But the way she has been laid out is uncannily familiar.
The body has been 'composed', just like the bodies of three other young women in a previous case. Could it be the work of a copycat killer? The murder victim is an art teacher who was having a relationship with the son of a Tory MP. Her ex-boyfriend is a policeman with a reputation as a serious womaniser. It seems the murder trail is getting much too close for comfort...
About the Author
Quintin Jardine gave up the life of a political spin doctor for the more morally acceptable world of murder and mayhem. Happily married, he hides from critics and creditors in secret locations in Scotland and Spain.
Is a copycat killer at work in Edinburgh? Could it be DCC Bob Skinner himself?Talk about bad lies. At the edge of an Edinburgh golf course, a pretty young woman is found brutally murdered. Instantly, the jittery police are reminded of something they'd prefer to forget: a clever, ruthless serial murderer whose handiwork only recently had Edinburgh on edge. Like the earlier victims, Sugar Dean has been dispatched by a bullet to the back of the head. Again like the others, Sugar, a talented painter, has a connection to the art world. But hasn't the serial killer been killed himself? So is this murder the work of a copycat? At length it turns out that Big Bob himself was on the links the day Sugar met her end and is on the scene to discover still another female corpse. The suspiciously coincidental timing of Skinner's movements, together with his ownership of certain paintings pertinent to the case, suddenly make the second highest ranking cop in the nation a person of interest - a plot twist that may well strain the credulity of series loyalists.Too long and too talky. Fans may long for the time when Jardine (Death's Door, 2007, etc.) served them up taut and tense. (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Bob Skinner
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 5th February 2009
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1