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Another great book in the series!
on 19 March 2017
Ian Rankin is still the premier exponent of "Tartan Noir" despite these days having several challengers. And Rebus is the best of Rankin.
In Saints of the Shadow Bible the tables are turned because Siobhan Clarke is now his boss although Rebus doesn't treat her as his superior... surprise, surprise. Also, Rankin has one of his less successful characters, Malcolm Fox of "the Complaints" join forces with Rebus, and as Fox is about to rejoin CID I can see this pairing becoming Rankin's norm, for a while at least. This may work, although Rankin has a problem in that Rebus can't surely continue for too much longer and Fox doesn't have the charisma of Rebus.
The novel is set loosely against the backdrop of the recent Scottish Independence Referendum and has two strands to it that kind of come together. The first strand deals with the killing of a prominent Scottish politician while the other deals with an investigation into the 80s CID team Rebus was part of.
As usual Rankin draws each character masterfully. One of the skills Rankin has is his ability to make even minor characters come to life. The plot(s) are good and are resolved well.
If you like Rankin / Rebus this novel won't disappoint.