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Heads or Hearts : A Dystopian Mystery Set in Edinburgh, Scotland
by Paul Johnston


Overview - "Maverick ex-cop Quint Dalrymple returns to investigate a series of gruesome murders in a near-future independent Edinburgh."
Independent Edinburgh, 2033. The Council of City Guardians has been forced to relax its grip on citizens and the borders are no longer secure.
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Overview
"Maverick ex-cop Quint Dalrymple returns to investigate a series of gruesome murders in a near-future independent Edinburgh."
Independent Edinburgh, 2033. The Council of City Guardians has been forced to relax its grip on citizens and the borders are no longer secure. Then a human heart is found on a football pitch. Maverick investigator Quint Dalrymple is called in - but before he makes much progress, a citizen s headless body floats down a canal.
Quint uncovers a link to the planned referendum over Edinburgh joining a reconstituted Scotland. But who is behind the killings and mutilations? Are the city s notorious gangs responsible, or does the solution lie with the rulers of Edinburgh and other former Scottish states? Quint must dig deep to save the Council from collapse, and to retain both his head and heart "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780727885036
  • ISBN-10: 0727885030
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 240
  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

Series: Quint Dalrymple Mystery #6

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Private Investigators
Books > Fiction > Dystopian

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fans of mysteries set in alternative realities will welcome Johnston’s sixth Quint Dalrymple whodunit (after 2001’s The House of Dust). In 2003, the Enlightenment Party came to power in Edinburgh and isolated the city from the rest of Scotland; 30 years later, most of Europe’s parliaments have been destroyed, and the British monarchy has fallen out of popular favor after the marriage of Prince Charles to a “Colombian drugs heiress.” The rulers of 2033 Edinburgh, the Council of City Guardians, turn to Dalrymple, a respected independent investigator, after someone leaves a human heart in the middle of a football stadium. This disturbing act worries the guardians, who were tipped off to the grisly find and are concerned that the person responsible was sending a message connected with legends of Scottish history. The case gets even more bizarre when a headless corpse turns up near another playing field. Johnston skillfully fleshes out his despotic future, making it easy for readers to buy into his imagined world. (Aug.)

 
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