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I like following Rebus into his retirement and lack of adjustment. This is a fun read for those who have been reading the series from the first Rebus novels, maybe not so interesting for those starting with Rankin's latter works. I like that they are working with newer technology and police detection tools as Rebus eventually has to evolve with the times if he wants to keep his hand in police work. This is a timely story of institutional child abuse and my heart ached reading the father's letter to his son at the end of the book.
Ian Rankin is a master writer. This one is good, but not great. Shallow side characters and the main charc. all running around in circles. This one is kinda like 'Broadchurch' where, literally each individual has a reason for the killings... "When Davie left, his legs were weaker then ever..."
But still worth a read, kinda of treat it as a DIY detective book, "Can you figure out how it all plays out in the end? I was 80%, but as usual a 'complete left turn' at the end..
You either love Rankin or you don't. This is not one of his best but he does try to bring the lives of other key characters more to the foreground, which I appreciated.
I struggled to care who the bad people were and the good guys are boring - nothing happens for three quarters of the book and the story is predictable from beginning to end. What a tedious read.
Rebus has finally retired, but is drawn back in when killings begin to happen and his old enemy Cafferty appears to be on the hit list. Ghosts from the past abound in this latest offering by Ian Rankin.
Irreverant. Honorable. Unapologetic. Loyal. Cynical. Persistant. That’s John Rebus. Even though he’s retired from the Edinburgh police force, John is still critical to a murder investigation.
I liked this Rebus/Clarke/Fox police story. It is a great series and this book shows there is still a lot of life left in it. Love the Edinburgh setting and descriptions.
A great novel by Rankin with his hero Rebus, now retired but re-hired as a consultant and working with Siobhan Clarke, Malcolm Fox, and even Big Ger Cafferty.
It is a well written novel with a good organized plot, a page - turner and hard to put down. I didn't want it to end. Read it.
Rankin and Rebus never fail to entertain, and this one is no exception. Perhaps a few too many ancillary characters for my liking, but this is an excellent read. Rebus' character seems to be mellowing a bit, and the storyline involving past friends and foes adds some spice, and expands the future possibilities.
Even though you might ferret it out the murderer of one of the victims, Rankin still creates a great mystery, filled with interesting characters.
Hate to say it, the characters (especially Rebus and Cafferty) didn't stand out as sharp as they were in other Rankin's novels. However, I dare to predict that for most Rebus fans, this book will still be head and shoulder more enjoyable than a lot of best sellers out there. Gobbled the book up in 2 days despite trying to make it last.
Got the sense that Fox would be Rebus' successor as the next vulnerable soul. Hope I am right.
I love how Rankin just can't bring himself to kill off John Rebus and Big Ger Cafferty. Or maybe his editor won't let him? Whatever the reason, it's great to still have Rebus and Cafferty bumping along, helping and annoying each other in equal measure. However, it's nice to change the focus somewhat to Siobhan Clarke & Malcolm Fox. It keeps the series fresh without losing sight of the old favorites.
Nice rapport between retired Rebus who is back working with Sioban Clarke on this case. Best not to leave too much time between picking up the book after a rest because the many names and their associations will be difficult to recall. Rankin is back with a book about the rival gangs in Scotland.
Meh! I'm a huge fan so this one was disappointing. Felt like he was just going through the motions.
A very nasty story, told excellently well.. All the usual protagonists interact as to be expected with Rebus called in from retirement as the senior consultant and Ger Cafferty as one of the victims in a very convoluted plot.The relationships between fathers and sons is an important element.
"Even dogs in the wild could do better than this..." The Associates.
If you're a Rebus fan, just get it. Rankin's books are like money in the bank.
You get a smart, intricate case to solve with Rebus acting as a consultant. But it's also a story about the complex relationship between fathers & sons on both sides of the law.
Hope he's got a few more cases left in him.