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I've gradually over the last 4 months or so been working my way through a detective series of books written by Quintin Jardine about a senior Deputy Chief Constable, Bob Skinner. I have a strange relationship for the series. Some of the books I love, this is one that sits less well in my opinion as the author does not seem to make the character act in a way that sits right with me, but never the less, I needed to read it to fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge about the series.
I have read the books out of series as I have been picking them up in the library, and this to me is a bit detrimental to the reader's enjoyment. The series overall I do highly recommend, but I do feel the way the characters are built and act, it is important to read it chronologically. Otherwise, you miss some of the explanation of the characters - how they look, and why they act the way they do.
This particular novel is book 6 in the series. Skinner is recently recovered from a near fatal stabbing. He had to have some hypnotherapy as part of his recuperation and as a result of this he experienced a flashback to the accident scene of a fatal car crash in which his first wife Myra was killed. He sees a deliberately cut brake pipe, and he is determined to find proof of who would want to kill him, as his wife had been driving his car.
Against the wishes of his wife Sarah, he cannot leave this cold case alone, and keeps digging in the past, in spite of the detrimental effect on his marriage.
While dealing with the ghosts from the past, he is also helping investigate an arson attack which left the wife of a local gangster dead, he discovers many links to his own past, and he is not necessarily going to like the things that he discovers when they come to light. His current wife Sarah finds it hard to compete with this idealised version of Myra.
Can Bob solve the current and past crimes, as well as get his marriage back on track?
While the crimes in this particular story had me as engrossed as normal, my problem with this novel is that the character Bob is acting in an obsessed way which jeapordises his marriage. It doesn't ring true with the character in other novels to me. His wife Sarah is also lacking in the compassion I have seen in other novels, and it is not until very near the end of the novel that I can work out why.
Overall, still a fairly good novel, but it didn't sit quite as well with me as the other novels in the series as it kind of felt a bit like the author was experimenting without it working that well for me.