Old scores are settled in blood...
A brutal and apparently motiveless murder leads Skinner to suspect his own friends of treachery in Thursday Legends, the gripping crime novel of retribution and ultimate justice from acclaimed writer Quintin Jardine. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson.
'This gritty, fast-paced mystery will pin even the most squeamish readers to the page' - Publishers Weekly
For Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner, the Thursday night football game at the local gym has long been an unbroken ritual. With each match the players are a little older, a little slower, but as fiercely competitive as a gang of teenagers. Until the savagely mutilated body of a former player is found, and suddenly the Thursday Legends have more to worry about than aching backs and dodgy knees. Former Head of Special Branch Alec Smith made plenty of enemies during his long career - and there is no shortage of suspects. But as Skinner's investigation gathers pace, everything keeps pointing to the Legends themselves. Is someone targeting this disparate group of colleagues and friends in some bizarre scheme of retribution? Or is the murderer one of them? Either way, the hunt for the killer is going to come uncomfortably close to home...
What readers are saying about Thursday Legends:
'Superb plotting, excellent, believable three-dimensional characterisation and a detective who's just tougher, scarier and more ingenious than the rest - and a flawed family man to boot'
'From the first page till the last it is a very hard book to put down'
Foul language and graphic violence abound in the 10th installment of Jardine's (Gallery Whispers, etc.) mystery series featuring Edinburgh's Deputy Chief Constable, Bob Skinner, and his friend and fellow detective, Andy Martin. The Thursday Legends consist of Skinner and an assortment of aging athletes who meet for a weekly game of football. When one of the Legends, a former detective, is found naked and mutilated, Skinner's division rallies to find the killer. A short time later, another Legend is discovered minus a few fingers and toes and beaten beyond recognition and, despite evidence to the contrary, Skinner's instincts tell him that the two crimes are related. Meanwhile, Andy's confused personal life, coupled with a lack of investigative manpower, leads him to make the mistake of trying to bring a suspect in for questioning alone. As a result, Andy ends up in a heart-stopping confrontation that forces him to take stock of the things he values most in life. A painting in Andy's own home enables him to pinpoint the real murderer, but for all the novel's buildup, the final unveiling of the killer is anticlimactic. Nevertheless, this gritty, fast-paced mystery will pin even the most squeamish readers to the page.