This time of year is always enlivened by the arrival of the new Rebus novel, and this year’s is an absolute cracker!
In the background is a forty year old unsolved case of a socialite found murdered in a hotel room the night a famous rock star and his entourage were also in residence. That is merely the backdrop though to this tale of money laundering and a battle for control of the Edinburgh underground between two gangsters – a young pretender and an old and seemingly now vulnerable adversary.
Throw in the now retired John Rebus and his former sidekick Siobahn Clarke and you have a great fast paced novel – pleasingly the author seems to have found a natural place in this one for Malcolm Fox, who seemed to be rather forced into the plot of the previous book.
This is an excellent read, and is probably the best Rebus story since Ian Rankin brought him out of retirement a few years ago.
Power, corruption and lies – what’s not to like!
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other Rebus novels, crime thrillers in general – yet again, Rankin proves he is right up there with the best.
One thing you’ve learned
Nice to see the John Martyn theme continued again in the book’s title – don’t check out the full lyrics before you read the book though unless you want to give the game way !