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Rebus is trying to help the young woman--renamed Candice by the young, slick, brutal thug Tommy Telford, who is into everything from drugs and prostitution to aiding a Japanese business syndicate in acquiring a local golf course-- because she's about the same age and physical aspect as his own daughter, Sammy. He's also conducting the investigation of a suspected Nazi war criminal, an old man who spends his time tending graves in Warriston cemetery. "A cemetery should have been about death, but Warriston didn't feel that way to Rebus. Much of it resembled a rambling ark into which some statuary had been dropped," Rankin writes with the icy clarity of cold water over stone.
Add to this Rebus's involvement with an imprisoned crime boss in a plan to bring Telford down; his continuing battle with drink; the strong possibility that people high up in the British Government don't want the old Nazi exposed; danger to Sammy and her journalist lover because of her father's work, and a somewhat strained metaphor of Edinburgh as a new Babylon and you have an admittedly large pot of stew. But Rankin's high art keeps it all bubbling and rich with flavour. Others in the Rebus series include his 1997 Edgar Award-nominated Black and Blue, as well as Hide and Seek, Knots and Crosses,, Let It Bleed, Mortal Causes, Strip Jack, and Tooth and Nail. --Dick Adler, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another compelling story based around the character of D I Rebus, again many twists and turns to the very end.Published 14 days ago by Swordedge
Atmospheric, great attention to detail,, believable characters, full of atmospherePublished 23 days ago by Roger Greenacre
Like most of ian,s book the plot and sub plots characters and villains are excellent reading.
But the books have rather wissy washy endings. Read more
Started as a page-turner, but quite "ho-hum" at the end. Not read a Rankin book before, so nothing to compare it to.Published 1 month ago by Annabel
Brilliant ,couldnt put it down .Easy read ,good plot with twists and turnsPublished 2 months ago by Eileen Faulkner