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- Print Length: 372 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 22, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 22, 2011
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004NNVELO
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To be more specific as to the who's, what's and where's involved in this tales' journey would ruin the prospective delight of any new readers reactions and absorbsion of those details. It's a fine book by an accomplished Master of Mystery and Creator of Charachter. Rankin is so much more than those two phrases infer .... he is a true and fascinating Novelist.
Book. Set in the depths of Edinburgh's criminal fraternity, Rankin captures the persona of a hard-nosed Scottish policeman,
(John Rebus) as he attempts to solve a five-year old case. Notes about it are hidden in a black book kept by his colleague,
Brian Holmes, the victim of a brutal assault. The scene is the Central Hotel, a paradise for the degeneracy and squalor which
breed within its walls until it is razed to the ground; the eventual investigation yields one dead body but no clues. Five years on and Morris Gerald Cafferty (one of Edinburgh's most notorious criminals) is under surveillance for his role in a gang of loan sharks. In the course of this Rebus is blighted by personal problems and eventual suspension from the police force whilst trying to link the fire at Central Hotel to Cafferty's own illegal dealings. Amidst the lies and intrigue there lies a terrifying link that, if exposed, could result in vicious reprisals for many other people. With all detective novels it is difficult to fully explain a plot without revealing the conclusion but with Rankin, nothing is certain until the final page. This is a stunning piece of work; particularly striking is the originality of the characters and plot that culminates in an energetic yet decisive result. If you read no other crime thriller this year then read Ian Rankin's work, impressive and highly elegant.
This book also has a wee bit of thriller in it. By this I mean that the reader knows a few things that go on that Rebus doesn't know. Writing in third person allows this. I'm not sure I'd want Rebus in first person. In his point-of-view, even in third person, one discovers a flawed character. We learn more about him and his family in this book than in some others. Siobhan is less developed too but grows satisfactorily as a character.
The main story is the mystery surrounding a fire that burned down a local hotel, figuring out what name belongs to the corpse found there afterwards, and the people at different levels of Edinburgh society involved with that fire. Taut plotting, great characters, and some action in a series not known for its action. I enjoyed it. You will too. Caveat emptor: When I started reading Rankin, it took awhile to get beyond the local dialect. At the same time, I broadened my knowledge of English. For me, that's fun. Maybe not for you?
This is a story of a search for what happened in an old crime. The crime comes to light again when Rebus' detective gets hit on the head and is n a coma and Rebus begins to read the junior detective's little black book of notes. He realized his detective was onto something and begins investigating the old crime
Lots of evil corrupt people involved. Rebus gets in trouble but solves the mystery
I like the Rebus character.
He is a dangerous man. So dangerous he doesn't need a gun. A chief inspector without a firearm, even without a duty weapon? Wow, that's fresh! When he does need a gun he gets himself a nice "8 mm Colt 45, which takes 10 rounds". No one else can get this elusive gun. No one! Because ... there is no such thing.
The librarian girlfriend of Holmes "brains" him and puts him into coma to make him leave the force? Now, that's different.
Now, everything fails, and there is still no critical piece of the evidence against Big Ger Caferty by the end of the story. All Rebus needs to do is enlist his two reports and a friendly neighborhood recovering pedophile to orchestrate a street fight, arrest Caferty, and get his notebook, where he conveniently keeps books on his "protection" business.
I like the Rebus series with the Scottish local charm and stuff, both books and TV, but I am getting disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As usual with Rebus stories, there are so many characters - some of which are already known from other books of the series, others are new - that it is sometimes difficult to keep... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mianne Erne
Well paced. Thick with characters New and old . Rebus character continues to grow and develop.. Continues to be a satisfying series.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This was a very enjoyable read for me. I've been to Scotland a few times and so the references were good.Published 5 months ago by Submarine Qualified
I am going back to read early Ra Nikon Rebus that I haven't read. I am excited that I like every one!Published 9 months ago by R. Warren Langley