Fatal Last Words
By Quintin Jardine
(Headline Book Publishing, Hardcover, 9780755329151, 438pp.)
Publication Date: September 2009
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August in Edinburgh: As Skinner stands on the edge of a career-defining moment and his fiancéeScotland'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 heads to 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.
Quintin Jardine is the author of the Bob Skinner Mysteries and the Oz Blackstone series.
"One of the stronger entries in [a] hard-hitting police series." Publishers Weekly
"Jardine excels at coordinating the multiple crimes crucial to a police procedural and setting his coppers against the clock." Kirkus Reviews