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3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  184 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
When career criminal Jack Farlowe's body is found washed up on a Suffolk shore, it looks to the police like a clear-cut case. Heartbroken at his daughter's death, he has drowned himself - good riddance and one less crime to solve, according to CID.
Then again, maybe not. For, one by one, Farlowe's enemies are being killed. And the horrific manner of their deaths makes drown
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 18th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Bev Walkling
This "quickread" book would fall into what is the novella category. Set in the UK,the daughter of a crime lord is killed in a fire set by an arsonist. DCI Andy Martin is called in as he has been trying to catch this crime lord for some time. The distraught father is subsequently found dead (recognized by his tattoos) and other bodies are found to follow - each one more brutally dispensed with than the last. Martin's friend with benefits, Stella ( a forensic pathologist), is off the the body farm ...more
Laura Greenwood

Title: Cleanskin
Author: Val McDermid
From: Amazon
Genre: Crime
Release Date: 18th May 2006
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

When the crime boss that Andy Martin has been watching for years, turns up dead in a suspected suicide, it sets him on a course to try to discover exactly who is to blame for his death, and the trail of corpses that seems to have appeared in it's wake. When another body turns up it causes both a shock a
Jun 24, 2010 Jaime rated it really liked it
Though this was my first time reading Val McDermid, I was already a fan. Her books are the basis of a great British crime drama, Wire in the Blood, and as soon as I discovered that all of her books found a spot on my wishlist. This was just a novella, but I think it’s a good taste of what McDermid can do. The story opens at the scene of the brutal murder of Katie Farrell, who has been burned to death in her own bedroom. Katie is the daughter of Jack Farrell, an organized crime boss that DCI Andy ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Heidy rated it really liked it
This book comprises 113 pages and uses extremely large print, it's part of the "Quick Reads" series and it took me about 3 to 4 hours to read it (but it would take a native English speaker less time to get through it).

I had never read a book from the "Quick Reads" series before and only got it because of the author, Val McDermid. I enjoyed reading it and certainly found it more enjoyable than some of the other books I've been reading lately but did not enjoy it quite as much as Val McDermid's "f
Jul 10, 2013 Den rated it really liked it
A quick read book and I have decided I like this author and have put her other books on my never-ending list of books to read in the future. This one sees a criminals daughter die in a fire. He then sells up his businesses. The police who are keeping an eye on him have no idea why. Then a body with an unusual tattoo turns up and the copper identifies it as the criminals. Before they have time to breathe another criminals body appears and then another and another. Someone is taking out all the ma ...more
Sep 05, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it
Another quick read, and I did like this one too.
I haven't read anything by this author before, but now I am definitely interested in her other books.
Devon Harper
Mar 23, 2016 Devon Harper rated it liked it
Good but too many characters for such a complex plot in little over 100 pages. Interesting unpredictable ending, however.
Barb Hunt
Mar 22, 2015 Barb Hunt rated it really liked it
A quick read, lots of twists and turns; as usual, a top book by Val McDermid
Serena Cloos
Apr 25, 2013 Serena Cloos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Een klein boekje dat door deze schrijfster werd geschreven om mensen die moeite hebben met lezen aan boeken te laten wennen.
Op zich is het best een leuk verhaal, maar door het beperkt aantal bladzijden wordt het verhaal ook een beetje afgeraffeld naar mijn mening. Ik weet dus nog niet echt wat ik van de stijl van deze schrijfster vind.
Volgens mij vallen deze boeken wel in het rijtje 'gruwelijke omschrijvingen' en over het algemeen houd ik hier wel van.
Binnenkort toch maar eens een 'echt' boek
Jacob DelValley
Apr 19, 2016 Jacob DelValley rated it liked it
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Jun 02, 2011 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore reading Val Mcdermid's books. She never backs away from filling in the blood 'n' guts that some authors fade to black and imply. This is a short story or 'novella', I'm not sure of the difference, so it doesn't have the same character development as a full length book, of course, but it held my interest and I read it in one sitting (at work). Good, quick, bloody read. v
May 18, 2014 Jo rated it liked it
Crime novella written for the Quick Reads series. Andy Martin is a cop with the Serious Crimes section and is called in when the daughter of a known gangster is murdered. Cue lots of bodies killed in interesting ways and a nice little twist. As this was very short it took me little time to read. It was enjoyable enough but I prefer McDermid's full novels.
Jun 07, 2013 Natasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The young daughter of a crime boss is murdered in her own bedroom, and soon the body count starts to rise.

This was my first time reading a Val McDermid book, it's only a novella but I enjoyed it and would definitely read more of her books.
Aug 04, 2015 Gill rated it it was ok
It was OK, definitely a quick read - more of a longish short story really, so not much time to get to know and be interested in the characters, and I guessed one of the twists quite easily in advance.
Feb 14, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first time that I have read anything by this author and I absolutely loved it, the only shame being that it was a quick read. I will definately be looking to read more of her books
Dec 27, 2012 Jacky rated it liked it
Good short story. However back cover had two mistakes - body found in Sussex not Suffolk and name of 'victim' had typo in name. Disappointing editing.
Jane Fenn
Fabulous size of book to keep you entertained whilst waiting doctor/dentist's waiting rooms, yet still retained the Val McDermid style and charisma!
Aug 28, 2013 Eddie rated it really liked it
Good story I enjoyed reading it. It was hard to put down.
Not bad, not one of her best
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Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies.

She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cart
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