Fatal Last Words

Fatal Last Words

By Quintin Jardine

Headline Book Publishing, Hardcover, 9780755329151, 438pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

August in Edinburgh: As Skinner stands on the edge of a career-defining momentand his fianceeScotland's First Minister Aileen de Marcofaces a political crisis, one of Scotland's most successful crime writers is found dead at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. As the mystery deepens, Skinner finds himself crossing swords with an old enemy from the past, while his investigating detectives are faced with the unwelcome complication of a duke's junkie daughter. Meanwhile a second Scottish celebrity dies violently in Australia. It seems impossible, but could the two be connected? As DCS Mario McGuire headsto Melbourne to investigate, back in Scotland his boss's big moment is compromised in the most dramatic and unexpected manner, as a famous friendship is shattered for ever.

About the Author
Once upon a time . . . Quintin Jardine was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, but he escaped, and now lives in East Lothian and from time to time in Spain, with his wife and extended family. He is the author of thirty-eight best selling crime novels, all published by Headline, a member of the Hachette Group (or 'Hatchet' as it was memorably pronounced by an Australian Chairperson). 'Hour of Darkness', which was published in June 2014, is the twenty-fourth to star his creation, Chief Constable Bob Skinner, who made his debut twenty-one years ago in 'Skinner's Rules'. His second, and slightly anarchic, series featured actor-detective Oz Blackstone, and ran to nine books. He brought that to a natural end with 'For the Death of Me', and moved swiftly on to the Spanish-based Primavera Mysteries, of which the fifth, 'As Serious as Death', was published in November 2013. Amidst all that, he found time to produce two standalone novels, 'The Loner', and most recently, 'Mathew's Tale', his first venture into the historical genre.