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Mortal Causes (Inspector Rebus Book 6) by [Rankin, Ian]
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"John Rebus, an outstanding creation... very ambitious and very confident with acute observation of the not-so-bonny side of Scotland."
Mike Ripley, "Sunday Telegraph" "Rankin's ability to create a credible character, delivering convincing dialogue to complement sinister and hard-hitting plots set against vividly detailed atmosphere, is simply awesome."
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Mike Ripley, "Sunday Telegraph"

Rankin's ability to create a credible character, delivering convincing dialogue to complement sinister and hard-hitting plots set against vividly detailed atmosphere, is simply awesome.

"Time Out"

John Rebus, an outstanding creation... very ambitious and very confident with acute observation of the not-so-bonny side of Scotland.--Mike Ripley "Sunday Telegraph "

John Rebus, an outstanding creation... very ambitious and very confident with acute observation of the not-so-bonny side of Scotland. Mike Ripley, "Sunday Telegraph"

Rankin's ability to create a credible character, delivering convincing dialogue to complement sinister and hard-hitting plots set against vividly detailed atmosphere, is simply awesome. "Time Out""

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The sixth Inspector Rebus novel - 'an outstanding creation' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1312 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U3CCG0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After a particularly gruesome murder is discovered during Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, Inspector John Rebus is seconded to the elite Scottish Crime Squad. The reason for this is that aspects of the murder make it appear that a terrorist group was responsible and Rebus’s previous SAS experience would come in handy. The investigation takes him from his home base to the villages of rural Scotland and across to Belfast and back again.
Throughout the book, the Catholic versus Protestant problem is continually raised, comparing Scotland to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and suggesting that the same uprising could be imminent. While the characters were discussing terrorist organisations there were enough three letter acronyms being bandied about to make me think I might have stumbled into a Microsoft manual.
Once again we are treated to the bare bones of Edinburgh’s back streets and dingy estates that have fallen into ruin. Rebus is as inscrutable and removed from his fellow officers as ever, yet, at least for me, he is becoming more and more likable. I feel this series is getting more and more enjoyable with every book I read, this one is no exception.
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This book is typical of Rankin: the superb writing style that he is so reknowned for is only too evident in this chilling story. Rankin describes the city of Edinburgh in such vivid detail that you feel you know the place like the back of your hand. Never before has the reader been allowed to enter so far into Rebus' personal life and, when he wants someone to talk to, as the reader you feel guilty that you are not there to offer support. This novel is unbelievable and makes the reality of events in Northern Ireland feel even closer to home.
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This is the first Ian Rankin Novel that I've read.
I decided to buy a couple of the Rebus books after watching the television adaptations starring John Hannah. The way that Rankin can bring a scene to life with words on a page is uncanny - even down to the little mannerisums of the characters. I highly recommend this book to any reader of crime drama.
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So glad I finally got around to reading the Rebus novels. I had been holding off for some reason, but have read the first 6 in very quick time. Usually with an author I like to leave a good gap between each book, but with the Rebus novels I am reading almost back to back. Rankin is a good writer, with some well thought out plot lines, making this book, in particular, a very good read.
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One of those books that had me riveted at the start (even though the IRA in Scotland bomb scares etc seemed a little tenuous seeing as their never was any IRA activity there) but it meandered, then drifted, and then just got plain boring and confusing...pity!
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I have read nearly all the Inspector Rebus series and this is typical. It holds your attention from the first page with lots of atmosphere and detail. You visit corners of Edinburgh that you didn't know existed. An excellent holiday read,
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Im reading the Rebus books in sequence, and it's a long time since this book was written so the plot, set around the time of the troubles in Northern Ireland, is somewhat dated and a bit difficult to relate to. However, the style was good as always and kept me reading despite the subject matter.
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If like me you are reading the Rebus books in order then in my opinion this is the best book so far. Mortal Causes the sixth Rankin book to feature John Rebus is set against the backdrop of the Edinburgh festival and the police are receiving anonymous threats that terrorists are going to attack. To add to the tension a body in discovered hidden under the city and Rebus believes that the victim has suffered a "six pack" and tattoos on the body lead to the suspicion that this may have links to Northern Ireland and the troubles.

Rebus is faced with a set of challenges that will test him to the limit. During the course of the book Rebus has to visit Big Ger in jail and travel to Northern Ireland to look into the terrorist angle. He is also sent from his normal police station to work with the special branch and as usual Rebus is not going to make friends easy!

Rebus also is asked to look into a youth club in a rough part of the city. The volunteer that the church has sent appears to have gone rogue and the scenes with Rebus interacting with the estate gangs and the youth worker are a real highlight of the book for me.

Rankin wrote a wonderful book when he wrote Mortal Causes. The story is gripping and I couldn't put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of the crime genre.
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