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The Bone Yard (Quintilian Dalrymple Series #2)
     

The Bone Yard (Quintilian Dalrymple Series #2)

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by Paul Johnston
 

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New Year's Eve 2021. The one night of the year when the guards are less vigilant. The perfect time for murder.

Welcome to twenty-first-century Edinburgh: an oppressive, crime-free independent city state, run by the Council of City Guardians. New Labour has failed, and in the disastrous break-up of Britain, city states have formed fiefdoms, walling themselves

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New Year's Eve 2021. The one night of the year when the guards are less vigilant. The perfect time for murder.

Welcome to twenty-first-century Edinburgh: an oppressive, crime-free independent city state, run by the Council of City Guardians. New Labour has failed, and in the disastrous break-up of Britain, city states have formed fiefdoms, walling themselves off from other warring parts. In the "perfect" city republic of Edinburgh, electricity, food, and even sex are rationed. Television, private cars, and cigarettes are banned, and crime is a distant memory.

But when the mutilated body of a man is found, subversive, blues-haunted private investigator Quintilian Dalrymple and his side-kick Davie are put back on the case. They must uncover the significance of the killer's eerie calling card-a blues cassette planted inside the victims' bodies. What is the connection between these tapes and a small blue tablet that causes a massive increase in alertness and sexual potency? Why does the Medical Directorate try to cover up the murder of an old man? Quint knows the solution-and the killer's identity-lies somewhere in the Bone Yard, if he can ever figure out what the Bone Yard is...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his Creasy Award-winning debut novel, Body Politic, Johnston introduced a near-future Edinburgh--a city-state dystopia modeled on Plato's Republic. In this follow-up novel, Johnston's Edinburgh is almost perfectly realized, while his maverick sleuth, Quintilian Dalrymple, is as at home here as Marlowe in L.A. or Spenser in Boston.This heavily regimented society (its citizenry enjoys no TV, no literature except approved classics and no renegade music such as rock or blues) ironically relies on the decadent entertainment it provides the international tourist trade. By using Orwellian controls, the City Guardians have created an almost crime-free environment. For the first time in two years, on New Year's Eve 2021, a murderer strikes in Edinburgh, slashing the throat of Roddie Aitken, a young Supply Directorate delivery man. Aitken had sought Dalrymple's help a few days earlier because a hooded man with a knife chased him home late one night. It gets even more personal when Dalrymple assumes control of the investigation and has to report to the guardians, who need his expertise as much as they despise his attitude. And what is the mysterious "Bone Yard" the guardians are talking about? Johnston transforms Edinburgh into a nightmarish and malignant stage, on which his blues-loving, wisecracking hero walks the walk and talks the talk perfectly. Brilliantly offbeat metaphors and fascinating characters reinforce the promise implicit in the author's first novel. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Edinburgh in 2021 is about as appealing as warmed-over haggis. Again (as in Johnston's Body Politic, the British Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Prize winner in 1997), the citizens of the Platonic city-state are kept in their own enclaves but encouraged to enjoy the antics of busloads of foreign tourists decked out in kilts and woolens while attending the year-round arts festival. Into this updated 1984 world enters Quintilian "Quint" Dalrymple, a blues-loving, well-connected, but subversive former official turned private detective. He is confronted by a serial killer who preys on a personable delivery man and a former guardian (whose grisly murders are graphically described). Quint and his companion, Davie, seek answers in the mysterious Bone Yard, which might be anything from a new disco, to where the dead carcasses of victims of Mad Cow disease are heaped, to a burned-out nuclear facility. For larger public libraries.--Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312202804
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/11/2000
Series:
Quintilian Dalrymple Series , #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.09(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Johnston was born in Edinburgh, in 1957. He now divides his time between a small Greek island and the United Kingdom. The Bone Yard features characters from his first novel, Body Politic, which won the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel.

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The Bone Yard 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago

The independent city-state of Edinburgh trained a new group of guardians who run a much tighter ship. The locals dub them the ¿iron boy scouts¿ for their zeal to supervise everyone¿s activities. The city has some economic troubles caused by troubles in other parts of the world such as a nasty flu epidemic in Asia and the Russian Mafia tossing warheads into the Middle East.

On January 1, 2022, detective Quintilian Dalyrmple visits a potential client Roddie Aitken, but finds Roddie¿s sexually mutilated corpse with a cassette tape of Clapton playing the Blues inside the corpse. Other brutal murders follow with their own tapes. Quint and his partner investigate the killings, not yet realizing the peril they will soon face as they close in on THE BONE YARD.

The sequel to the award winning BODY POLITIC, THE BONE YARD is an entertaining futuristic science fiction tale. The story line centers on Quint and Davie¿s inquiries into the vicious killings in the midst of 2021 Edinburgh. The background is fully developed so that the city-state has a real feel to it with references to twentieth century music adding to the luster. The who-done-it will please readers of future mysteries, as the prime plot is clearly fun to follow. However, the charcaters, even Quint, seem flat as ice so that anyone who failed to read the first book never fully becomes attached to anyone. Still Paul Johnston provides a luscious landscape that brings his audience into a different society that makes for a pleasant visit solving a series of brutal homicides.

Harriet Klausner