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For the Death of Me (Oz Blackstone #9)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
It's summertime in Monaco and Oz Blackstone is sitting on the verandah of his opulent mansion - one of three homes - idly gazing at Roman Abramovich's luxury yacht as it gently cruises into the harbour. Life doesn't get much better than this. But somebody knows where he lives. A struggling author sweet talks him into buying the movie rights to his latest novel for $50,000, ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 5th 2006 by Headline (first published 2005)
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Jamie Bernthal
Feb 01, 2013 Jamie Bernthal rated it did not like it
This is without doubt the worst novel I have ever read. How I managed to get through it without vomiting over the pages is a mystery worthy of much better detectives than this dubious Oz Blackstone character.

Dialogue is terrible. Writing is peppered with unnecessary adjectives. He does this wannabe-cute thing of talking about his own fiction. He tells you what to think on every page but you're too busy trying to get past the fact that my guinea pig could write a better book. And my guinea pig ha
Nov 12, 2015 comfort rated it it was ok
Was a bit disappointed in this story, it takes us all over the world and introduces a number of characters, but I found it all a bit much.
Oz is approached by an unknown author to read his manuscript as he thinks it would make a great movie starring Oz. It turns out this unknown author is no other than his old buddy who is thought to be dead.

Prim also comes back into his life after being released from goal as she had tried to not only kill him but to ruin his family. He, Oz, lets her back in(spar
Hannah Polley
I think this book must be a book in a series as it kept referencing previous dramatic events and there seemed to be a lot of assumed knowledge but I was able to follow the story without this so it does not affect the book too much.

The main character is an A list movie star, Oz Blackstone, and I just couldn't warm to him. He seems like a control freak and he cheats on his wife. The book dedicates one paragraph to his wife finding out and her reaction - one paragraph?! Really!

Apart from my feelin
Dec 11, 2007 Peter rated it liked it
Another rapid-fire Oz Blackstone romp (#9 in the series). He's a bit more smug even than before, but given enough good plot-twists (triads are the baddies this time) and scenic tours (Monaco to Singapore, Malaysia, Scotland and New York) to make for entertaining distraction.
The self-references to Jardine's other protagonist, Skinner, get their usual cameos (I suppose it's now become an anticipated, irrelevant sales-pushing vignette, hard to dump). The other motif that's getting a bit hackneyed
Mar 27, 2011 Lbaker rated it really liked it
I set this as a Scottish murder although it mostly happens elsewhere, however Oz is so thoroughly Scottish that the setting really doesn't matter.

The only thing keeping me from making this a 5 star book is the author's liking of bringing characters back from the dead, there are a lot of people on this planet, if you kill one off in a book, leave them dead and find a new person!

However, Oz is his normal egotistical bigger than life, likable self surrounded by interesting good and not so good char
Deeksha Gabriel
Jul 21, 2016 Deeksha Gabriel rated it it was amazing
I loved it completely! The book bound me to itself, careful and amazing characterisation and storyline is quite impressive. The writer beautifully pulls the suspense until he decides to reveal stuff! The climax was completely unpredictable, as far as I'm concerned!
A perfect blend of suspense with romance!
Sep 18, 2013 Lorna rated it it was ok
first of his I have read. Straight pulp but quite fun. Good bits of scottish humour but characters and story a bit over the top for my taste. A good filler
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Light hearted, liked the first person humour. Story line was fair but not exactly gripping.
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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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