There is no mystery - Lee Herdman stormed into a private school and killed two boys. But how random were the killings, hy did Herdman open fire only in the student lounge, bypassing the swarm of students outside the school? What exactly was his relationship with the school's misfits? Why are military detectives snooping around the murder scene?
Liked this book and the flawed characters.
Great Bosch mystery, if you like Connelly, you will like this one.
This was the first Ian Rankin book that I read, and I could not put it down.
Just how randon were the killings at Edinburgh's posh, private Port Edgar Academy? Everyone assumed a lone madman was responsible for the melee at the school. But why was the killer chummy with the class misfit? Why is the sole surviving witness so reluctant to talk? Andy why are military officials now snooping around the crime scene?
Inspector John Rebus, hobbled by injry and himself under suspicion because of the convenient recent death of his partner's tormentor, dives into the case only to discover that he has family ties to one of the victims. With his credibility near the breaking pont, Rebus must ask himself what drives a man to kill--is it a matter of reventge, or a question of blood?
Suspensful t the end. Tightly written. Great characters.
I didn't like this book as much as I liked the other Rankin books with the detective Rebus. That's because the main theme had to do with gun running though there are a couple of other, to me, more interesting subplots. But as usual, I loved the details about Scotland, especially Edinburgh. Some of my favorite books have to do with reading about a locale and/or period of time where I feel like I'm actually there.
Bears all the qualities that have established Rankin as one of Britain's leading novelists in any genre: a powerful sense of place; a redefinition of Scotland and its past; persuasive dialogue and a growing compassion among its characters.
I have been reading these out of order, but found I could tie into eatlier and later books. Rankin does an excellant job of creating a background to go with his DI Rebus character. The SAS connection rings true to an old soldier.
I can't seem to get enough of Rankin and Rebus! This is the 14th installment. Series should be read in order. Three plots in this one but the main plot is a school shooting. Lots of dry wit and humor. Characters are well-drawn and fascinating. Lots of twists and red herrings with a surprise ending. One of his better books. I recommend this series to those who like their mystery/thrillers dark and gritty.