"Action that's relentlessly slam-bang, plotting that's labyrinthine. Rebus . . . remains one of the most charismatic heroes in contemporarry crime fiction." Kirkus Reviews
Great book, wonderful characters! I've found a new series, I think!
Detective Inspector Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork generated by his investigations into a suspected war criminal. But an escalating dispute between the upstart Tommy Telford and Big Ger Cafferty's gang gives Rebus an escape clause. Telford is known to have close links with a Newcastle gangster nicknamed Mr Pink Eyes - a Chechen bringing refugees into Britain as prostitutes. When Rebus takes under his wing a distraught Bosnian call girl, it gives him a personal reason to make sure Telford takes the high road back to Paisley and pronto. Then Rebus's daughter is the victim of an all too professional hit-and-run and Rebus knows that now there is nothing he wouldn't do to bring down prime suspect Tommy Telford - even if it means cutting a deal with the devil.
I'm glad to be back reading an Inspector Rebus book. This one had a long list of characters and it took awhile to keep them straight but soon I knew who the baddies were and I kept my eyes on them. Rankin is great with his characters and they are always fleshed out. The book was about transporting drugs and prostitutes and Rebus handled the thugs and had them behind bars in the end. It was a bit touchy for Rebus's daughter, Samantha, when she was a victim of a hit and run and I could really feel the affect it had on Rebus and his ex-wife. I look forward to reading the next Rebus book as you always know that Rankin does not disappoint. I would highly recommend this series to those who love Scottish mysteries.