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As head of Edinburgh’s CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner has seen it all…but even he is shocked by the savagely mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The victim is identified as a successful young lawyer, and the motive for the brutal death remains a mystery. Then further seemingly random killings in the city begin to suggest a vicious serial killer on the rampage. But when the lawyer’s fiancée is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest.
What eventually emerges is an elaborate smokescreen shrouding a deep-rooted and intricate conspiracy. Now, whatever the danger to himself, Skinner is determined that in Edinburgh, at least, folk will abide by his rules.
©1993 Quintin Jardine (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Amazon Customer on 01-07-15

A good story

A litte far fetched, also it is my impression the author has a bit of national hubris...

Still, I enjoyed the book and purchased the next three in a 20 plus series.

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By Anniebligh on 03-27-14

series starts here

do check the UK reviews.

Police procedural, more at the higher end and involving different departments.

It reads a little like a series intended for a tv show as the story does have natural breaks where there is a resolution and then kicks off in a new direction.
Skinner is an over the top hero who is not really lovable.

There are a few plot weaknesses, when the whole story is considered. The introduction of the diplomatic and secret service is actually quite good as it does highlight the difference between English and Scotish law.

Not a bad listen.

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By Dr. R. Taylor on 08-10-17

Very engaging

What did you like most about Skinner's Rules?

Some deviations on procedural. Is based in I guess the 1980s and reflects that in some of the technical detail.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maggie - one of the DCs and very sympathetic

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene at the Edinburgh debate - believable in many ways, although the set up is somewhat obvious - bringing 'staff' in so late with a single point of failure would simply not have been done and the delay could have been dealt with by getting them to walk!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened over several journeys in the car

Any additional comments?

A good listen, although some of the more frustrating procedural moments (thinking that they could not/would not have done this turns out to be the means by which the author concludes the plot. Fun though.

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By mollyeyre on 07-12-16

Started well

I was really enjoying this story, the main character - Skinner was such a nice honorable guy and the murder that happened was being investigated ........ then it slowly degenerated into over hyped political tension and crime. It really became boring, I also found the 'sweetness and light, lovey dovey' relationship he has a bit 'Mills and Boon'.

The narration by James Bryce was OK ish, but some of the voices he used were odd to say the least!

I don't think I will bother with following up on the series.

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By Margaret on 12-05-17

well worth a read

started a bit slow, but picked up and ended with a bang. Hero's love interest a bit silly .

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