Twelfth in the Inspector Rebus series set in Edinburgh, Scotland. When a body is found stuffed in the fireplace of a building being renovated to accommodate the new Scottish Parliament, Rebus and Derek Linford, a snotty up-and-comer from Fettes station, are assigned to the case as they were on a liason committee that was touring on site when the body was found. The body has apparently been there for approximately 20 years or so, but when a much fresher body turns up, Rebus tries to connect the cases by heading off on his usual wild goose chase while Linford chooses more conventional solutions as he looks to ride the promotion train. Meanwhile, Siobahn deals with the suicide of a homeless man who surprisingly turns out to have a bank account with a large sum of money in it. Quite enjoyable, back on track after the last book in the series which I felt wasn't up to par. I have to admit I was cheesed off by the ending though--not going to say anything as it would be a big spoiler. :-)
Darker and moodier than any of the other Rebus novels I've read.
Another great "Inspector Rebus" novel. I'm about 3/4 the way thru the series and hate to reach the end. I love this character and the Scottish setting.
Another great installment in the world of Ian Rankin's Rebus. This book is once again set in Edinburgh and the author does an excellent job giving us a description of the city and some of it's nasty parts. I always enjoy the characters and their humorous dialogue and reaction to one another. Another re-appearance of arch enemy, Big Ger Cafferty (Strawman), adds a unique touch. In this story there are three different crime elements focused on; a man dead for twenty years found behind a wall in the renovated Parliament Building, a tramp who jumps off a bride and leaves behind a suitcase full of cash and Roddy Grieve, a political candidate is found dead. It is interesting how in the end these three instances are tied together. These subplots had all the ingredients to make this another remarkable and fascinating read. I look forward to the next book in the series and would highly recommend reading this series in order as the stories build one upon another.
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