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I kept returning to this book between other reads, and consequently it felt like it was taking a long time for anything to happen the story simmered along nicely, kept me intrigued but I kept waiting for fireworks By the time I was about 80% through things really kicked off, and the ending and the twists it brought with it were amazing Well worth the wait. The Loner is a stand alone novel from acclaimed Scottish crime novelist Quintin Jardine, though it does feature a cameo from Bob Skinner of the 19 book series This is my first Jardine novel, I m not a big crime fan but if The Loner is an example of Jardine s work then I amthan prepared to give any of his books a shot.The TaleThe story is presented as an autobiographical account of the famous fictional journalist Xavier Xavi Ailsado A gentle giant of mixed parentage who s brought up The Loner is a stand alone novel from acclaimed Scottish crime novelist Quintin Jardine, though it does feature a cameo from Bob Skinner of the 19 book series This is my first Jardine novel, I m not a big crime fan but if The Loner is an example of Jardine s work then I amthan prepared to give any of his books a shot.The TaleThe story is presented as an autobiographical account of the famous fictional journalist Xavier Xavi Ailsado A gentle giant of mixed parentage who s brought up in Edinburgh by his grandmother a refugee from Franco s Spain His father, a successful businessman, eventually moves the family back to Spain, and Xavi is left to grow to manhood on his own terms in Scotland An injury ends a promising career as a professional footballer player, after which he turns to his real passion journalism Though Xavi s life has had difficulties he seems to have brushed most of these aside a landed on his feet As the story unfolds though, the reader comes to realise that Xavi has his hardest trials ahead of him.TechniqueThe story is presented as an autobiographical account but constructed with additional research as manuscript by Jardine Indeed Jardine sets the reader with up with a co authors note explaining this Xavi s autobiographical sequences then are interspersed with cut scenes to dialogue between characters that are present in Xavi s version Some times these cut scenes reveal clues or aspects that bear direct relation to the next scene, at other times their import becomes apparent further into the story Aside from balancing out the voice of Xavi, the cut scenes are an excellent way of building tension The reveal the thoughts and actions of characters outside of Xavi s knowledge, drop clues or suggest possibilities to the reader All of which combine to lead us to the niggling, uncomfortable conclusion that our seemingly impervious protagonist is heading towards disaster A gutting finishXavi s life story is interesting in and of itself, a professional footballer turned journalist, son of a media magnate The story moves along quite steadily, slowly building tension Xavi leads a charmed life, but we know from the authors note at the beginning that the end of his story is going to be a sad one Jardine s skill is in making us think that the story is going one way, makes us believe that one tragedy is the end point, when all a long he s been dropping clues that lead to an ending that blindside me and left me gutted as a reader it was quite literally gut wrenching Very few books evoke an emotional reaction from me Indeed I can off the top of my head only think of three Jardine has done such a masterful job at presenting Xavi as an endearing, loveable character no doubt the choice of autobiographical form aided this that even if the story was fiction my emotions and empathy for Xavi were real It s not a book that I can say read it and you ll have a great time It is however, a brilliant book, one that demonstrates the power of a good writer in bringing characters truly to life This book was a review copy provided by Headline at no cost to myself Loner is the story of a young man told in the form of a biography It details his youth as his friends drift away and his gaining maturity and becomes a true journalist In the story, he also learnsabout his wealthy family during his efforts to be self supporting We also meet Detective Sergeant Bob Skinner who is the central character of a series by the same author. good The Loner was very focused on one man in particular Xavi pronounced chavi and his life, loves and faux pas.Xavi goes through his early childhood in Scotland although his family comes from Spain The family history is well developed and you almost feel the presence of his paternal grandmother who is his biggest influence.Xavi is abandoned when his family goes back to its roots and he continues his education in Edinburgh we then get drawn into his friendships and loves and also his career choices The Loner was very focused on one man in particular Xavi pronounced chavi and his life, loves and faux pas.Xavi goes through his early childhood in Scotland although his family comes from Spain The family history is well developed and you almost feel the presence of his paternal grandmother who is his biggest influence.Xavi is abandoned when his family goes back to its roots and he continues his education in Edinburgh we then get drawn into his friendships and loves and also his career choices He does however settle in journalism which is where the Violent underworld is uncovered He finds himself in the middle of some violent cases and at first he flounders as to what are the facts His whole world it seems falls prey to the dark underworld that he writes about in the pages of the paper, when he finds himself and Grace his one and only sweetheart in the middle of a violent crime he escapes with Grace to Spain The return to Scotland and the final chapters reveal the unexpected twist in the story and you think that at last you know the real story but then yet another twist comes along and throws what you know into turmoil as the final stages of the book are turned.A very good book, having never read Quintin Jardine before I will definitely be looking out for him again Good standalone from Jardine though Bob Skinner does appear briefly in the last section of the book It s the fictional autobiography of Xavier Aislado, half Scottish, half Catalan, raised in Edinburgh by his distant father and his domineering grandmother who is fiercely loyal to both father and son He s physically intimidating, but temperamentally gentle, aggressive only in sports, and then still ruled by self discipline When his sports career is cut short by injury, he turns his focus with Good standalone from Jardine though Bob Skinner does appear briefly in the last section of the book It s the fictional autobiography of Xavier Aislado, half Scottish, half Catalan, raised in Edinburgh by his distant father and his domineering grandmother who is fiercely loyal to both father and son He s physically intimidating, but temperamentally gentle, aggressive only in sports, and then still ruled by self discipline When his sports career is cut short by injury, he turns his focus with equal intensity to journalism, where he succeeds first as a sports reporter then as crime reporter.He is determined to be his own man, not dependant on his family s wealth or opinions He has a small group of friends, three boys and a girl, who have been his family of choice since boyhood Grace, the girl, is the only woman he has ever loved When tragedy strikes, it turns out that much of what Xavi believes to be true in his life is not what he thinks it is Xavi and his grandmother Paloma are engaging characters and the story is interestingly told partly Xavi s first person narrative, partly segments of audio files he has turned over the the author Quintin Jardine It s an interesting technique and it works well This was a weird one, from the author I expected it to be a police crime story, which it partly is, butfrom a journalist point of view rather than the police The bulk of the book is the life story of said Journalist, growing up in Edinburgh, of mixed Scottish and Catalan descent, quite a bit of early school life, before moving on to play in goal for Hearts, then pursuing a journalism career That s finally where the crime stories come in, and how as a budding journalist he earns his first This was a weird one, from the author I expected it to be a police crime story, which it partly is, butfrom a journalist point of view rather than the police The bulk of the book is the life story of said Journalist, growing up in Edinburgh, of mixed Scottish and Catalan descent, quite a bit of early school life, before moving on to play in goal for Hearts, then pursuing a journalism career That s finally where the crime stories come in, and how as a budding journalist he earns his first exclusive, which just made him hungry forAnd just as all seems rosy in his life it all starts to unravel Even though I d worked part of the finale out, there was still a little bit i hadn t quite put together A very enjoyable tale, quite an interesting cast of characters So much so I read pretty much 4 5 of it in one day, been a while since I ve done that with a 500 page book Somehow I missed the author s note at the beginning of this book, so I was reading it as a crime novel and not as a fictional biography, which is what it actually is For this reason i would have given it two stars.until i read the author s note at the end of the book and had a duh moment Great writing although it did drag for me in some parts, I am curious to read other books by the author. Half way through and wondering whether to continue it s so boring so predictable so wrong young people don t behave like Chavvy sorry I m listening to it so don t know how to spell his name Mothers don t abandon their children for money either The ratings are good but I can t work out why I m losing the will to live with it `Free Ebook ↽ The Loner ↠ A brilliant new stand alone crime thriller from Scotland s Crime MasterXavier Xavi Aislado is a gentle giant, half Spanish, half Scot, brought up in Edinburgh by his grandmother, Paloma Puig, a ferocious old lady whose grim brand of care sees him into his teens, until his father moves back to Spain, leaving him to grow up fast His emergence into manhood is colourful, and eventful After a short career as a professional footballer, he turns to journalism, and has a bloody introduction to the trade, as his first assignment ends in violent death Inevitably, remorselessly, as his autobiography unfolds, Xavi s life and his love become entwined with his work, and he is immersed in tragedy, loss and betrayal, going halfway round the world in search of a truth that may destroy himQuintin Jardine s evocation of Xavi s fated world, of the towering being that is Grandma Paloma, and of his love, the beautiful, wilful and hypnotic Grace Starshine, is an unforgettable story of a man riding a one way train to oblivion Will he escape, before it hits the buffers, full speed Murder Unprompted half Spanish ABC Con Nico half Scot Where's the Princess?: And Other Fairy Tale Searches brought up in Edinburgh by his grandmother How Privatized Banking Really Works Integrating Austrian Economics With The Infinite Banking Concept Paloma Puig Triad Hauntings: Ghost Stories from Winston-Salem Greensboro, High Point, and Surrounding Areas a ferocious old lady whose grim brand of care sees him into his teens Old Haunts: A London City Novel until his father moves back to Spain The Obelisk and Freemasonry According to the Discoveries of Belzoni and Commander Gorringe: Also, Egyptian Symbols Compared With Those Discovered in American Mounds [1880 ] leaving him to grow up fast His emergence into manhood is colourful Summer Job, Summer Love and eventful After a short career as a professional footballer The Kraken Wakes he turns to journalism Love It Forward and has a bloody introduction to the trade Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives as his first assignment ends in violent death Inevitably Aquelarre de muñecas remorselessly Shadow Scale as his autobiography unfolds Tell No Lies Xavi s life and his love become entwined with his work Let's Get Fizzical: More than 50 Bubbly Cocktail Recipes with Prosecco, Champagne, and Other Sparkling Wines and he is immersed in tragedy Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness loss and betrayal Aquelarre de muñecas going halfway round the world in search of a truth that may destroy himQuintin Jardine s evocation of Xavi s fated world Mermaid Magic: Connecting with the Energy of the Ocean and the Healing Power of Water of the towering being that is Grandma Paloma Ash and Silver and of his love Baba Yaga Stories the beautiful A Convenient Affair wilful and hypnotic Grace Starshine Uncle Oscar's Chairs: From A to Z is an unforgettable story of a man riding a one way train to oblivion Will he escape A Convenient Affair before it hits the buffers Called full speed