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Gravy worked in the graveyard - hence the name. He was having a normal day until his friend Benjy turned up in a car Gravy didn't recognise. Benjy had a bullet hole in his chest, but lived just long enough to ask Gravy to hide him and look after his gun... This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.
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Rankin presents the story in short chapters, each from a different viewpoint, which achieves a great sense of pace and excitement, while they're short enough that jumping back and forth between different characters isn't a problem. The conclusion is stark, almost understated, and typical Rankin.
If you don't already know Rankin's work, this is a great way in and should prove a great encouragement to explore his DI Rebus series. For Rankin aficionados, although it's short, it's a must-have!
What did I find?
Well, the book is very short so I was anticipating a story with a rapid pace and an engrossing plot. And to be fair, that was what I got. The story takes off from the first page and involves gangland murder and dirty money. An innocent young man with learning difficulties is caught up in the middle of this affair and it was both interesting and at times heart rendering to see the world through his eyes.
Not a lot more can be said about this book without giving the game away. I would therefore recommend it to anyone in need of a very quick read involving the criminal underworld.
I did enjoy the book as it was fast paced and had some interesting characters. The format however meant it lacked depth in the characters which is usually a real strength of Rankin. I also felt the ending was a bit weak and sudden, almost as if to keep it to a shorter format it had just had a bit chopped off.
It is good and I suppose as I am already a Rankin fan it was not really aimed at me.
However it was a good light book and what it said on the tin a quick read.
bed and finish it in one reading
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well it's a quick read sure enough didnt make much sense not Ian Rankin as I know him very strangePublished 3 days ago by malc an amazon customer
I found this really enjoyable, the Scottish humour shining throughPublished 2 months ago by seonaidbheag
The only problem I have when reading books by Ian Rankin is, having to put them down.Published 3 months ago by Chip