The first full length Rebus novel since 2013’s Saints Of The Shadow Bible continues Rankin’s return to form after initially bringing Rebus out of retirement the previous year in the somewhat patchy Standing In Another Man’s Grave.
All the usual suspects are on offer here in this intriguing story – I won’t give too much away other than to say it involves several intertwined stories beginning with the murder of a leading lawyer and an attempt on the life of Rebus’ nemesis, the redoubtable Big Ger Cafferty, followed by a potential turf war between the gangster families of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Rebus is asked to assist the official investigation…… This plot doesn’t disappoint and keeps up the pace throughout until the final denouement.
The one note of discord in the novel is the character of Malcolm Fox, first created by Rankin when he retired Rebus from the force after Exit Music. He now seems rather surplus to requirements and yet Rankin seems to feel obliged to continue to shoehorn him into each subsequent novel, even though his presence really doesn’t add that much to them.
This is an enjoyable read though for sure, and is certainly a » Continue Reading.