Skinner's world is shaken to the core...
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. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and James Oswald.
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...
What readers are saying about Aftershock:
'In many ways Quintin Jardine is the Scottish answer to John Grisham... whilst reading one is gripped and cannot resist turning the page'
'The twists in the book always keep you guessing. Fantastic writing as always'
'Top notch stuff and well worth seeking out if you love a gripping thriller with plenty of twists and turns'
Jardine's hard-hitting 18th Bob Skinner mystery picks up the major plot strands of the 17th entry, Death's Door (2007), in which the Scottish deputy chief constable and his loyal team identified Daniel Ballester as responsible for four murders. Tragically, they lost one of their own, Steve Steele, when the room Ballester hanged himself in was rigged with explosives by Drazen Boras, the brother of one of the victims. Now the discovery near a golf course of a young woman's body bearing the hallmarks of Ballester's MO suggests that Skinner's team got it wrong. When another young woman is shot dead in Spain, where Skinner and his new lady friend, Scotland's first minister, are on holiday, Skinner himself falls under suspicion. Meanwhile, Steele's widow searches for Boras. Keeping track of the personal relationships among Skinner's crew may be a challenge for newcomers, who may also be impatient with scenes more in keeping with a soap opera than a police procedural.