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The Blood Tree (Quint Dalrymple #4)

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Independent Edinburgh, 2026. The birth-rate is down in the Council's 'perfect city' and gangs of disaffected kids roam the streets. A break-in at the former Scottish Parliament archive is rapidly followed by two gruesome murders, the victims mutilated and covered in blood-drenched branches. Renegade investigator Quintilian Dalrymple's subsequent enquiries take a new twist ...more
ebook, 396 pages
Published December 12th 2011 by Severn Select (first published August 13th 1957)
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Most of the flavor of the first 50 pp. consists of showing how by 2026 the Edinburgh ultra-rationalist oligarchy has become completely totalitarian, Edinburgh itself decrepit, its economy shot (barring fawning to the sacred tourism-cow), its people fearful and everyone ignorant of the outside. [Time to write a cataclysmic finale to the series, I'd say. No wonder Johnston moved on to a Greek series soon after this.]
The main secondary characters (Davie and Katherine, Hel and Tam) have edge, but n
Simon Taylor
It seemed as good a week as any for a story about a murder in an independent Scotland.

In Paul Johnston’s The Blood Tree, Scotland’s cities have split into independent city states. In 2026, Edinburgh is an Orwellian totalitarian dictatorship run by the City Guards and remain fierce rivals of the democratic, and essentially Communist, Glasgow.

Quintilian ‘Quint’ Dalrymple is called upon to investigate a break-in at the former Scottish Parliament building, subsequent murders and abductions. He is su
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in February 2002.

The fourth of Johnson's crime novels set in an Edinburgh which is a dictatorship in a fragmented Scotland of the future has a slightly expanded horizon. The crimes, a particularly horrific pair of murders linked to a robbery from the Scottish Parliament building, seem to have connections to Glasgow, a democratic state which is basically the West Germany to Edinburgh's East.

The background is very well done once again, with the customary echoes
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
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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.

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