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The Bone Yard (Quint Dalrymple #2)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 11th 2000 by Minotaur Books (first published April 15th 1999)
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Emalene Benson
The book started off very slow, and you can definitely tell by the narrator's voice that the author is a dude. However, things did pick up when Katharine was introduced - you can always count on a woman to liven things up. After her arrival on the scene, the action picked up and I couldn't put it down. I give it three stars for a slow beginning and the distinctively manly narration.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
An interesting followup. Similar to the prequel; the sexual and other violence levels remain high. I felt like there were moments when the author was trying too hard to sprinkle the narrative with zing-y quips. I haven't decided yet if I want to read the next one. (My library has #3 and #5 but not #4 ... so this makes me slightly hesitant.)
This book is one in a series set in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 2020's after the world economy has collapsed into scattered city-states due to wars and drugs. Edinburgh is tightly run by the Guardians with the support of auxiliaries, who are referred to by their numbers rather than their names. The Guardians proclaim the city crime-free, but then hire Quint (Quintilian) Dalrymple to solve the crimes that occur. Quint is supported by a great group of friends and acquaintances who are interesting a ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in August 2001.

The bleak world of the Edinburgh of the future under a regime supposedly based on the ideas of Plato's Republic has already been explored through the eyes of maverick blues fanatic and private investigator Quintilian Dalrymple in Body Politic. The Bone Yard, set a couple of years later, is the story of another of his investigations, into the horrific murder and mutilation of a young man who had asked for protection. This quickly leads to the re
This is the second book in a series of five. Paul Johnston calls it the quint of Quintillian Dalrymple (I like that conceit). The city state of Edinburgh & its guardians is besieged. A series of murders to be solved with clues of blues on tape. QD battles to find out what is the bone yard, solve the murders & fight the guardians. I thought th idea of 21st Century Edinburgh was intriguing and well thought out but the ending of the book was a littl weak. Maybe I should have started with th ...more
Matthew McClintock
Enjoyable, but not well-written. Dystopian detective fiction is handled more interestingly in "The Last Policeman."
I usually like dystopian fiction; however, I'm still not sure what I really think of this one. The author's constant attempts at "edgy" over-worked similes became exceedingly tedious after the first page. I guess they were intended to parody the cynical tone of hard boiled detective fiction but they were just tiresome. There were some unnecessarily lurid descriptions but the plot and setting had potential.
Way too many cliches, distended dialog and story, weak ending, felt like walking in bogs/swamp and your feet constantly getting stuck. Interesting glimpse of future, seen through Quint just boring.
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Paul Johnston was born in Edinburgh, studied Greek at Oxford and now divides his time between the UK and a small Greek island. He is also the highly-acclaimed author of the Quintilian Dalrymple series, winning the John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first crime novel.

* Quint Dalrymple
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* Matt Wells
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  • The Blood Tree
  • House of Dust
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