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.
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Some deviations on procedural. Is based in I guess the 1980s and reflects that in some of the technical detail.
Maggie - one of the DCs and very sympathetic
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!
Listened over several journeys in the car
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.
- Dr. R. Taylor