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Even Dogs in the Wild (A Rebus Novel) Hardcover – 2015
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Praise for EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD:
A "twisty, darkly topical, and immaculately executed tale of Edinburgh's underbelly."―The Guardian
"It is sensational...this story truly sings."―Vick Mickunas, Dayton Daily News
"Rankin is a past master of atmospheric, dark crime fiction, and in Even Dogs in the Wild, his 31st book, he's in top form."―Collette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
"As always, Rankin delivers some fascinating procedural details, but the heart of the book--and its main appeal to crime-fiction readers--lies in the evolving personal relationships between the three cops and one bad guy. The switching of roles between Rebus and Clark continues to intrigue, but even better is the transformation of Fox from a behind-the-scenes guy...into a real cop working the mean streets."―Booklist
"It's always intriguing to follow Rebus around the city and country he loves, and for those who have followed his long career the pleasures are even richer."―Michele Ross, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Rankin's procedurals are strong, well-constructed, page-turning mysteries, and his latest is no exception."
―San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ian Rankin did a splendid job - again. He really is the master of atmosphere and dialogue. A must read.
What's more, Rankin brought the contrasting characters of Rebus and Fox together. If he is planning to phase Rebus out, Fox is ready to take his place... Very canny indeed.
In this novel Rebus's mentee, DI Siobhan Clarke, is on the move, she loves her job as much as Rebus did, and she is almost as good as Rebus. A murder of a Lord Advocate, a chief legal officer in the government, occurs, and Siobhan has found a note that implicates someone unknown. Clarke is working qwith another friend we know DI Malcom Fox. Clarke and Fox have formed a friendship, and my thought is that during the next couple of books, Clarke and Fox play footsie.
Fox is assigned to work with a new undercover police group who are following known criminals in the area. This group plays fast and loose, and Fox has difficulty with their actions. At the same time, Clarke calls Rebus to see if he can intervene with his old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. Cafferty has had his home broken into and his life is in danger. Rebus becomes a consultant, and this is the most unbelievable part of this novel. What police department brings in a retired detective who broke most of the rules. Well, a department that needs someone who knows all the criminal elements.
This novel was well paced, had too many storylines, but brought back the oldies that we remember from days of yore. Rebus, we love ya.
Recommended. prisrob 01-20-16
How to replace a hero?
By contrast, consider Ian Rankin’s Detective Inspector John Rebus. No sooner has Rebus been forced into retirement than he manages to worm his way back into the Scottish national police in a “consultative” role. And no wonder. Rebus’ old nemesis, Malcolm Fox, formerly of “the Complaints” — what we in the U.S. know as Internal Affairs — is emerging as Rebus’ unlikely successor on the force. In fact, Fox has already been featured in two previous novels along with Rebus as well as in solo performances in two others.
The problem with this strategy is that the successor needs to be worthy. Malcolm Fox doesn’t measure up — and herein lies the fault in Even Dogs in the Wild, the twentieth novel in Rankin’s Rebus series and the fifth spotlighting Fox. Sadly, Fox is a far less engaging character. What saves this novel are Rankin’s complex plotting and the lesser characters who populate the Rebus novels: Detective Inspector (formerly Detective Sergeant) Siobhan Clarke and everybody’s favorite gangster boss, Gerald “Big Ger” Cafferty.
Edinburgh in a starring role
In some ways dominating them all, a character in its own right, is the city of Edinburgh in all its gray, overcast glory. Any one of the city’s half-million residents will recognize the streets, parks, and landmarks that lie in the background in all the Rebus novels. I know this because whenever I mention Ian Rankin or John Rebus to someone who lives there, the immediate response is a broad smile. A traveler planning a trip to Scotland might do well to read Rankin’s work to gain a fuller appreciation of the place.
A complex plot that fascinates to the end
In an earlier era of crime fiction, writers tended to content themselves with formulaic plots, offering up a long list of “suspects” in a murder case that the hero-detective managed to solve after many false starts. Rankin, and other contemporary mystery writers that aspire to attain the heights of the genre, never settle for such simplicity. In Even Dogs in the Wild, for example, Rebus, Fox, and Clarke all pursue separate lines of investigation. There is not one mystery but two — or more; the number becomes clear only well into the book. Suspense reigns, and the pace of action steadily picks up to a crescendo at the end.
About the author
In addition to twenty novels starring John Rebus and two featuring Malcolm Fox, Ian Rankin has written nine standalone novels and numerous other works as well as scores of short stories, more than two dozen of them featuring Rebus. He has probably won as many literary awards as anyone else on the planet. As Wikipedia reveals, “Before becoming a full-time novelist he worked as a grape-picker, swineherd, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist, college secretary and punk musician in a band called the Dancing Pigs.”