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For the Death of Me (Oz Blackstone #9)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  7 reviews
It’s summertime in Monaco. Oz Blackstone, now an international film star, is sitting on the verandah of his opulent villa—one of three homes—idly gazing at Roman Abramovitch’s luxury yacht as it slips into the harbor. Life doesn’t get much better than this. But somebody knows where Oz lives. A struggling author sweet-talks him into buying the movie rights to his latest nov ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Headline Book Publishing (first published 2005)
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Jamie Bernthal
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
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
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
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
Light hearted, liked the first person humour. Story line was fair but not exactly gripping.
Kay Wells
Took a bit of getting into, different from his 1st series of books. Would try another.
Oz triumphs again, enjoyable light read.
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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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