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Quintin Jardine

Full Name: Quintin Jardine
Gender: Male
Hometown: Motherwell, Lanarkshire
Born: 1945-01-01
Number of Works: 38
Quintin Jardine is the author of two much-acclaimed and best-selling series of detective novels, as Eddie Bell and Pat Lomax, his agents, can be heard proclaiming to anyone who is listening, at book festivals around the world.

QJ is a crusty but urbane Scot, in his prime, and done with disclosing his age. (What’s that got to do with it anyway?) He was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, and educated there and in Glasgow, where he studied snooker and, in his leisure moments, law, at what was then the city’s only University. After deciding that he would never reach professional status in either discipline, he looked towards a broader horizon. He enjoyed, most of the time, a wholly unplanned, but eventful career as a journalist, government information officer, political spin-doctor and media relations consultant, before deciding to find a job that was more in touch with reality. Thus he took to the creation of crime fiction like a Trident-loaded nuclear submarine to water.

He began work on an escape tunnel out of Motherwell in 1968; he surfaced briefly in Hamilton, but, realising very quickly that he had been heading in the wrong direction, resumed digging and three years later arrived in Gullane, East Lothian, where he has lived ever since. In recent years he has put down a second set of roots … a physically nonsensical metaphor, but you know what he means … in L’Escala, the only north-facing town on the Catalan Costa Brava, which is famed for its main products, anchovies and more Catalans, and notorious for a north wind, the Tramuntana, which can drive its men mad, but more usually, to drink. (Its women, ever practical, simply shrug and hang out the washing.)

He is married, to his second wife, Eileen, a beautiful Geordie, who tolerates, with a wistful smile, most of his eccentricities, including insatiable appetites for televised sport and for playing music very loud. His first wife, the glorious Irene, with whom he shared over 30 years, from their teens, died in 1997. Today, the Jardines enjoy an extended family of four adult kids, two Tonkinese cats, and three grand-dogs. They live, not as quietly as they should, in both Scotland and in Spain, although never in both places at once.

The Bob Skinner novels are set in Edinburgh, and are built around the adventures of the city's wholly fictional deputy chief constable, labelled early on by the Headline marketing department as ‘Britain's toughest cop’. (Actually he was originally labelled ‘Scotland’s toughest cop’, until QJ pointed out that he hoped to sell south, as well as north, of the border.) There are seventeen books in publication, from the fledgling 'Skinner's Rules', nominated in 1993 for the John Creasey Award for best first crime novel of the year, to the latest, ‘Death's Door’, which has not been nominated as yet for anything, but which damn well should be, in the opinion of the author’s wife.

The Oz Blackstone mystery series is written in the first person and follows the narrator's hapless career as an unwilling detective, with an uncanny resemblance to Keanu Reeves, as he rises to international celebrity status by a quite unexpected and unplanned route, until Keanu Reeves is seen as having an uncanny resemblance to him. His exploits began with ‘Blackstone's Pursuits’ and continue through eight more novels to the much-praised ‘For the Death of Me’. The Oz series began as something QJ did on his holidays, and continues whenever he feels at his most irresponsible.

All twenty-six books are published by Headline in mass markets throughout the English speaking world, including the USA. They are also available, if you know where to look, in large print, for the visually handicapped, and unabridged audio format, for the hard of hearing. There are hopes that the Skinner books will one day form the basis of a television series. These hopes beat strongest in the breasts of the author’s publisher and agents, the man himself,

ISBN: 0747241392, 9780747241393
Keywords: rules, skinner
Pages: 320
Published: 1993
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0312118929, 9780312118921
Keywords: festival, skinner
Pages: 310
Published: 1994
  • Rating: 80%

An explosion rocks Princes Street in the midst of the Edinburgh Festival. Responsibility is claimed by a group supposedly demanding political separation from Britain, but as atrocities escalate, Head of CID Bob Skinner realizes this is no gang of fanatics, but a highly professional team.
ISBN: 0747241414, 9780747241416
Keywords: trail, skinner
Pages: 499
Published: 1994
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0747274487, 9780747274483
Keywords: gods, fallen
Pages: 320
Published: 2003
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0747263884, 9780747263883
Keywords: crime, novels, skinner, bob, shot, head
Pages: 385
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 074725043X, 9780747250432
Keywords: mission, skinner
Pages: 406
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0747250413, 9780747250418
Keywords: round, skinner
Pages: 436
Published: 1995
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0747263876, 9780747263876
Keywords: rain, autographs
Pages: 448
Published: 2001
  • Rating: 80%

As Skinner takes an evening stroll with a gorgeous film star on his arm, surely the worst of his worries is back at Headquarters, where a new colleague is scheming to enlarge his territory at Skinner's expense. But when a gunshot has Skinner and his old flame diving for cover, it seems danger has zeroed in on him again.
ISBN: 0747256683, 9780747256687
Keywords: legends, thursday
Pages: 320
Published: 2000
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0747263906, 9780747263906
Keywords: execution
Pages: 480
Published: 2004
  • Rating: 80%