Bob Skinner Series 5 Books Collection Set by Quintin Jardine
A plane explodes mid-flight and plunges to disaster from the Scottish skies, the British and American defence secretaries among the victims. Now Edinburgh Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner must lead the most high-profile investigation of his career. The means of destruction is apparent from the start, but the investigation quickly grows more puzzling.
First the joyous birth of Skinners son Then the grim reality of murder in ones of Edinburgh prosperous suburbs. A man has been found knifed in a luxury villa. The victim had run a chain of launderettes, saunas and pubs throughout the city, but for some time the police suspected these to be the front for a drug-distribution network.
The opening of an elite country club, marked by a prestigious golf tournament, turns to chaos when a man is found dead in the clubhouse jacuzzi with his throat cut. When the murder is linked to a legendary witches curse, Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner thinks its fantasy. He is more concerned with harsh reality than East Lothians past as a centre for witchcraft. But when another body is found, he must uncover the disturbing truth beneath a dark mythology
As head of Edinburgh 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 lawyers fiancée is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest.
Every August thousands of tourists and performers flood into Edinburgh for its famous festival. But this year, on the very first day, an explosion rocks Princes Street, and a man is killed. A few hours later, a threatening letter is delivered to the Secretary of State apparently from a freedom group demanding political separation from England. Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner, head of CID, quickly assembles his team, with SAS backup.