Crime writer Quintin Jardine was born in Motherwell in 1945, and studied law at Glasgow University. A varied career followed, including as a journalist, a political information officer, and media relations consultant. He gradually turned to novel writing, and his first book, Skinner’s Rules, was published in 1993.
The Bob Skinner novels are set in Edinburgh, and feature deputy chief constable Bon Skinner, marketed as “Britain’s toughest cop”. There are 18 novels in the series, most recently Fatal Last Words. His second series of novels feature private detective turned Hollywood actor Oz Blackstone. The first of these novels was written under the pen name of Matthew Reid, but subsequent books used the Jardine name. Oz Blackstone died following the events of the novel For the Death of Me, and Jardine has continued the series but now features Oz’s ex-wife Primavera, and moved the setting to Spain.
In the Oz Blackstone novels, Oz occasionally appeared as an actor in fictional films based on the Bob Skinner novels.
He left Motherwell in 1968, and now shares his time between Gullane in East Lothian, and L’Escala on the Costa Brava in Spain. He is married to his second wife Eileen, and has four grown-up children. He is a supporter of Motherwell Football Club.