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Rather Be the Devil (A Rebus Novel) Kindle Edition
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Rankin uses a health scare to get in a mile of new character development in Rebus while Clarke and Fox's own character arcs plateau: Clarke continues as sharp but frustrated successor to Rebus (with hints of the job taking its toll on her) and Fox plods along hinting at brilliance while serving as somewhat inept foil to Clarke and Rebus. Some tension develops between Clarke and Fox when Fox is promoted to a post in the prestigious Gartcosh crime-fighting center, but it only serves to deliver some terse exchanges by SMS and the two making amends at the end of the story.
The crime and ensuing investigation at the heart of the story tacks too closely to clean, modern police stations and the domains of wealthy criminal organization heads. I missed the Edinburgh streets and underbelly of the earlier Rebus novels. Also, some key moments in the solving of the crime felt borderline deus ex machina with sudden developments that couldn't be broadly intuited, much less predicted.
But, as a long time Rebus fan, I did enjoy it, and look forward to a future novel with meaty development in the triangle of Rebus, Clarke and Fox.