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Stay of execution / Quintin Jardine.

By: Jardine, Quintin.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Jardine, Quintin. Bob Skinner: 14.; Bob Skinner series: ; Jardine, Quintin. Bob Skinner mystery: 14.Publisher: London : Headline, 2005Description: 468 pages ; 18 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0747263906 (pbk.); 0747274509; 075530294X (pbk.).Subject(s): Skinner, Bob (Fictititous character) -- Fiction | Police -- Scotland -- Edinburgh -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>Can you fight evil with evil...? DCC Bob Skinner faces his toughest investigation...</p> <p>Evil stalks the city of Edinburgh. This time the threat is bigger than the crooks, scam-artists or drug dealers who find their prey in the shadows of the streets. Some people are looking for a big-time hit. The body of a respectable businessman is found hanging from a tree; a veteran from a Belgian marching band is killed in a hit-and-run incident and another dies of an apparent heart attack. Excitement on the streets of Edinburgh is feverish as the city prepares for a huge rally to celebrate the return of Pope John the 25th to his hometown. The security has to be bulletproof. But there is a chink in the armour. Does Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner have the inner strength to find the answer to the biggest question of all?</p>

Originally published: 2004.

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Publishers Weekly Review

First published in the U.K. in 2004, Jardine's 14th Bob Skinner mystery (after 2003's Fallen Gods) offers a sprawling cast of characters, some of whom have died in the seven subsequent installments. Readers who think this follows 2011's Grievous Angel may be confused. In any event, keeping track of who's hooking up with whom among Skinner's police colleagues detracts from the central plot, the triumphant return home of Edinburgh's most famous native son, Gilbert White, who recently was elected pope. White's visit is a security nightmare, and Skinner must anticipate not only how and when terrorists might strike but how to keep the different government entities involved in planning the papal trip on the same page. Meanwhile, the deputy chief constable's marriage to a pathologist hasn't recovered from mutual infidelity, leaving him open to new romantic possibilities. Those who can tolerate larger-than-life heroes whose minor failings only accentuate their positives will be most rewarded. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

The Pope is returning to his native Scotland, and ACC Bob Skinner wants nothing to go amiss. The excitement over Pope John XXV's visit to Edinburgh is feverish and building, the scheduled rally the stuff of headlines. Though security in the rugby stadium is tighter than certain proverbial purse-strings, it's not enough to deter terrorist activity. The warnings are unmistakable. Even the usually unflappable Skinner (Fallen Gods, 2003, etc.), that still point in a turning world, is biting his nails. The situation is especially tense in the hours just before the celebratory band is due to strike up. "We know where, we know when, and we know who," Skinner says. But he and his troops don't know what or how, and time is not their friend. Anxious as he is about the terrorist threat, however, it's not the only worrisome item on Skinner's agendas. There's the murder of a likable visiting New York City policeman, and the sudden deaths of two seemingly innocuous Belgian band members, all of which turn out to be connected. And there's the more personal matter of Sarah Grace Skinner, his wife, who may have grown weary of that title. A deft, entertaining police procedural in the patented Jardine manner, with a full complement of sexy, savvy, busy cops. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.