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Murmuring the Judges [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Quintin Jardine


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Book Description

May 2000
An armed robbery trial is about to take a macabre turn as a judge suddenly collapses in mortal agony. But as the wave of brutal robberies continues, it emerges that the judge¹s death may have been murder ‹ and he¹s not the only judge whose life is in danger. It¹s down to Skinner to piece together a puzzle of sinister complexity.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books; Large Print edition edition (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708942164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708942161
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g

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Review

³A remarkably assured first novel...a tour de force.² (THE NEW YORK TIMES) for Skinner¹s Rules -- unknown --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

These hair-trigger thrillers by Quintin Jardine, one of Scotland¹s top-selling writers, have been praised for their ingenious plotting and powerful emotional drama. With Edinburgh police chief Robert Skinner at the center of the action, they form a first-class, robustly entertaining series of police procedurals.

Also available by Quintin Jardine: Autographs in the Rain, Gallery Whispers, Thursday Legends,Skinner's Ghosts, Skinner's Rules, Skinner's Festival, Skinner's Trail, Skinner's Round, Skinner's Ordeal and Skinner's Mission.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buchanan is a hero right out of the classic westerns such as "High Noon" April 16 2007
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
In a genre where there are some very excellent writers, Jonas Ward is my favorite. His hero, Tom Buchanan, tries to be a peaceable man, but circumstances seem to steer trouble his way. His horse comes up lame so he stops in a town called Salvation in order to find a vet to cure it. Salvation turns out to be a town owned by the combination preacher and sheriff named Sidney Hallett. Along with his three hired deputies (guns) Hallett controls the town, yet keeps the local bordello in operation by kidnapping new workers.

Buchanan immediately gets involved, defending a young Mexican girl who is being forced into prostitution. Shortly after this, he also finds himself protecting a young woman whose husband is in prison for embezzlement. His battles lead to a few new bullet wounds, yet he always manages to keep his sense of humor and wit about him. At the end, he overcomes the wickedness of Hallett and has an opportunity to settle down and marry the young woman. However, being the free spirited hero that he is, he rides off to the next adventure.

What sets Buchanan apart from the other western heroes is his constant good humor and approach to his setbacks. While he sometimes seems to have a death wish, it is his noble decency that leads him into battles that common sense would dictates that he avoid at all cost. He is a true hero of the kind that we saw in "High Noon" and every week in "Gunsmoke."
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book But A Puzzler In Some Ways March 15 2014
By Horse&Musket - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having followed the Bob Skinner series for some time, I did not realize at first that this book was a reprint of an earlier copyright (1998 according to the frontispiece). Good yarn, concisely told (unlike, say, Elizabeth George although she is one of my favorites). What puzzles me?

Well first and foremost, I'm having trouble with the chronology. In this book he's gotten back together with his second wife, and his first daughter is a practicing solicitor (British-speak for lawyer), but by the recent chronology seems to be over ten years too early.

The other thing that puzzles me: was he a good writer "out of the box" so to speak, or has he in fact failed to materially improve his craft? i.e. surprisingly little difference in the writing quality compared with his latest books. Anyway, a good yarn with a very plausible thought intricate plot, but the simplicity of his characters keeps him from being in the top drawer (I'll still continue to read him). Like Ian Rankin, I think an at least passing familiarity with Edinburgh enormously improves one's interest in his books (my son attended well to be fair to him graduated from Edinburgh University so I came to know the town reasonably well).

A minor beef, of the type that I am sure mystery writers are thoroughly sick of. BTW BOT a plot spoiler here. A key item in one scene is that a shot from a high-powered sporting rifle at only a moderate distance is not heard by anybody because they are all watching a soccer match. Obviously Mr. Jardine has never personally heard such a rifle being fired; all those who HAVE had that experience (myself, numerous times both as a firee and witness) will know that this is totally impossible. Not only is it a distinctive sound, but it is FAR louder than the noise of any sports event.

But recommended overall as my rating shows.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buchanan is a hero right out of the classic westerns such as "High Noon" April 16 2007
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
In a genre where there are some very excellent writers, Jonas Ward is my favorite. His hero, Tom Buchanan, tries to be a peaceable man, but circumstances seem to steer trouble his way. His horse comes up lame so he stops in a town called Salvation in order to find a vet to cure it. Salvation turns out to be a town owned by the combination preacher and sheriff named Sidney Hallett. Along with his three hired deputies (guns) Hallett controls the town, yet keeps the local bordello in operation by kidnapping new workers.

Buchanan immediately gets involved, defending a young Mexican girl who is being forced into prostitution. Shortly after this, he also finds himself protecting a young woman whose husband is in prison for embezzlement. His battles lead to a few new bullet wounds, yet he always manages to keep his sense of humor and wit about him. At the end, he overcomes the wickedness of Hallett and has an opportunity to settle down and marry the young woman. However, being the free spirited hero that he is, he rides off to the next adventure.

What sets Buchanan apart from the other western heroes is his constant good humor and approach to his setbacks. While he sometimes seems to have a death wish, it is his noble decency that leads him into battles that common sense would dictates that he avoid at all cost. He is a true hero of the kind that we saw in "High Noon" and every week in "Gunsmoke."
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