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Dubbed "Tartan Noir" by James Ellroy, Rankin's tales are set in Edinburgh. Not in the beautiful streets that tourists see (those cobbled sidewalks leading up to Edinburgh Castle), but in its dark, damp recesses where crime flourishes. That's where Rebus works. The crime and criminals there make Rebus's job a tough one, and they also offend his sense of decency and order.
These 12 stories tell of mystery, suffering, and mayhem, which Rebus alone of all the detectives on the force, with his remarkable deductive skills, can solve. In "Being Frank," a homeless man, from his unique perspective on the park bench, is able to give Rebus the information he needs to break up a scam by local ne'er-do-wells. Crimes gone unsolved for 20 years, religious sightings, lovers crossed, and tales of revenge all come under the jaundiced eye of the very talented Rebus.
Even 10 years ago, when he was writing these stories, Rankin was a writer of great gifts. Time has borne out this promise. So it is easy to predict that, once you have sampled these short cases, you will become one of the many readers eagerly awaiting another Rebus novel from this sensitive and enormously talented young writer. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
these are short stories so there's not a lot of room for character development. I found the tone so understated as to be kind of dull. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heather Hadlock
This is a another great book in the Rebus series. I started by reading one of the more recent of Ian Rankin's Rebus books and then went back to the first in the series and have... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas B. Lewin
A good read, all the stories are to the point with no secondary plot line.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you haven't read any of the Rebus mysteries by Ian Rankin, this collection of short stories will give you a peek into the dark world Mr. Rankin's Edinburgh. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ida's Girl
I have never read an Ian Rankin book I didn't like. When he writes about Reus, it is even better. This booze-loving middle-aged Scot seems an unlikely character to be such a good... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Wilma K. Heberling
I read this in an omnibus, ‘Complete Short Stories’ which combined ‘Beggars’ with ‘A Good Hanging’. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Trevor Kettlewell
Short pieces, brief but to the point. I don't normally like short stories but hey, it's Rebus so what's not to like?Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
his novels are more complex and subtle, some of these are very clever plot lines that are somewhat wasted in short story formatPublished 24 months ago by John