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The Loner

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A brilliant new stand-alone thriller from Scotland's Crime Master

Xavier (Xavi) Aislado is a gentle giant, half Spanish andhalf Scot, brought up in Edinburgh by his grandmother Paloma Puig, a ferocious old lady whose grim brand of care sees him into his teens, until his father moves back to Spain, leaving him to grow up fast. His emergence into manhood is colorful and event
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 2nd 2011 by Headline Book Publishing (first published March 31st 2011)
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A standalone novel from the author best known for his Bob Skinner series, THE LONER was a real surprise package.

Styled as an autobiographical account of the author's friend, journalist Xavier (Xavi) Ailsado, THE LONER is partially the recollections of the central character, partially the observations of the narrator. It's an affectionate telling of Xavi's life, from his beginnings in Scotland, the son of a local mother and a Spanish refugee. His father and grandparents having settled in Edinburg
Good standalone from Jardine - though Bob Skinner does appear briefly in the last section of the book. It's the fictional autobiography of Xavier Aislado, half Scottish, half Catalan, raised in Edinburgh by his distant father and his domineering grandmother who is fiercely loyal to both father and son. He's physically intimidating, but temperamentally gentle, aggressive only in sports, and then still ruled by self-discipline. When his sports career is cut short by injury, he turns his focus with ...more
Carol Peace
The Loner was very focused on one man in particular Xavi pronounced chavi and his life, loves and faux pas.Xavi goes through his early childhood in Scotland although his family comes from Spain. The family history is well developed and you almost feel the presence of his paternal grandmother who is his biggest influence.Xavi is abandoned when his family goes back to its roots and he continues his education in Edinburgh we then get drawn into his friendships and loves and also his career choices. ...more
Sean the Bookonaut
The Loner is a stand alone novel from acclaimed Scottish crime novelist Quintin Jardine, though it does feature a cameo from Bob Skinner (of the 19 book series). This is my first Jardine novel, I’m not a big crime fan but if The Loner is an example of Jardine’s work then I am more than prepared to give any of his books a shot.

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The story is presented as an autobiographical account of the famous (fictional) journalist Xavier(Xavi) Ailsado. A gentle giant of mixed parentage who’s brought up
This is a brilliant book. Twists and turns right the way through. I've read al of QJ's books and gave loved them all. This is one of the best.
Meinwen Sayle
First novel I've read by this author and won't be the last. Slow burner but had me hooked.
Denise Powell
Somehow I missed the author's note at the beginning of this book, so I was reading it as a crime novel and not as a fictional biography, which is what it actually is. For this reason i would have given it two stars....until i read the author's note at the end of the book and had a "duh" moment. Great writing although it did drag for me in some parts, I am curious to read other books by the author.
read more then half just lost interest and had skimmed to the end
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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
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