A serial killer is setting the most devious traps...
There's no end to the deviousness of a murderer, and DCC Bob Skinner won't stop until the killer is caught in Death's Door, a riveting crime novel from Scotland's Crime Master Quintin Jardine. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.
'Jo Bannister, Peter Turnbull, and Ian Rankin can be considered read-a-likes, but when it comes to the depiction of a multilevel police force in action, Jardine... stands alone' - Library Journal
When two young female artists are murdered in what looks like ritualistic killings, the pressure is on to find a highly professional murderer. What is the link with the art world? Is the killer a disgruntled art critic? A twice-jilted lover? The arrival of the father of one of the victims, millionaire businessman Davor Boras, brings in the big guns of the Home Office, MI5 and the CIA. It's not long before Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner gets called back to the frontline. With an estranged son, a dubious assistant and connections in very high places, what is more important to Boras: business or family? There's too much at stake - there's going to be bloodshed, and Skinner's men are at risk of getting caught in the crossfire...
What readers are saying about Death's Door:
'This book has a wonderful, intriguing storyline... an overall must read'
'Flows along at speed like all Skinner novels but keeps you in suspense right up to the last page'
'[Quintin Jardine] is THE best crime writer of all time'
The star doesn't take center stage until late in Jardine's hard-hitting 17th Bob Skinner mystery (after 2007's Dead and Buried), but when he does, the Scottish deputy chief constable quickly makes his presence felt. Skinner's friends and colleagues on the force have been grappling with a possible serial killer who has claimed the lives of Stacey Gavin and Zrinka Boras, two young and attractive artists. The offer of a million-pound reward for the killer by Boras's father, a wealthy and well-connected businessman, hampers the official inquiry. After pursuing a flurry of false leads, the police find a personal connection between the victims, but their efforts to identify the man the two artists knew in common runs into unexpected interference from the security services. The novel's strength lies in the depiction of camaraderie among the police, which makes the tragedy that befalls one of them the more poignant, but readers should be prepared for routine prose and plotting.