Tenth Inspector Rebus British police procedural. For some reason, I had a hard time getting into and getting through this book. Rebus investigates the disappearance of the 19-year-old son of some old school friends from Fife, and the whole issue of MisPers (missing persons) is explored. While that is happening, he also contemplates the suicide death of a fellow officer who seemed to have it all going for him, and Rebus believes he was murdered for some reason. Then the subject of paedophiles and childhood abuse comes up, with that theme running through several cases, old and new. The book seemed a bit bloated though, the storylines getting sidetracked from time to time, and this detracted from the story rather than enhancing it as sometimes is the case. Usually when I pick up a Rebus book, it's hard for me to put it down and I'm done in a day or two. This one, I would read a couple dozen pages and become distracted, set it aside to go read something else for awhile and it took me nearly a week to get through it. Hoping the next in series is better!
Good read about several crimes that Rebus is investigating. They all have a connection to one another. As a reader, I knew this but couldn't figure out the connections. But the end reveals all.
A colleague's suicide. A misssing child. A serial killer. Detective John Rebus at his charismatic best as he explores the tough, dank,desperate Scottish slums to uncover secret sins and heinous crimes.
As always, Ian Rankin provides a great and detailed story.
I thoroughly intriguing Rebus yarn.
I think the development of the DI Rebus character set in a scottish police procederal is great. I want to get "Rebus's scotland in either the book or audio format. Rankin uses the Scottish setting and speech to great advantage ; I still only can guess the meaning of some of the dialogue like "fry-up and ca'canny, etc. Great fun tho'!!
"A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. Driven by instinct and experience, John Rebus searches for connections, against offical skepticism. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish elite, Inspector Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins-knowing it's himself he's really trying to save..."
Rankin is always a good read. In this Rebus installment, we learn even more about him, and DC Clarke is prominently featured. The story is really one to get you thinking, and keeps you wondering right up till the end. A bloody good read is what I say!!
A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts-and the prospect of his daughter's possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins-knowing it's himself he's really trying to save.
Another great Ian Rankin read. The subject matter of pedophiles and missing children is a hard one to deal with but when Rebus sends them away it makes it all better. This book has a realistic plot with many sub-plots that tie together and kept me engrossed. The book has a real sense of place and I can feel myself walking the streets of Edinburgh with Rebus. I enjoyed the past history of Rebus and his wife and daughter. It made Rebus feel like a real person. Rankin's books are a bit gritty but I like the fact that Rebus has a conscience and a determination to put the criminals away. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and I would highly recommend this series to those who love Scottish mystery.