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Disappointing but still a page-turner,
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This review is from: Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus Book 19) (Kindle Edition)
I feel that the author was pressured into writing this book because people are still hankering after Rebus, and Fox has still to establish himself as the core of the Rankin oeuvre. The result is a rather thin novel where all the characters are more mechanical than substantial, serving only to move the story forward. The detail of people and places that is Rankin's strength is missing. I read this on my Kindle before reading the first Fox novel in book form, and the difference between the two experiences is like chalk and cheese. Of course, I kept on reading because Rankin is too good a writer to fail to deliver in some form or other, but this was disappointing. On the other hand, the Fox novel is a 5-star stunner and I look forward to reading more about him and his world. I can live without Rebus - which, of course, may be precisely why Rankin produced this potboiler.