Search Results: "Ian Rankin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FALLS by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 8, 2001

"Like Rebus, readers will find no city more beautiful than Edinburgh, no locale more intriguing than Arthur's Seat—and no characters in the genre more provocative or sharply delineated than Rankin's ongoing cast."
John Rebus, the Edinburgh detective inspector who manages to antagonize someone weighty in the course of nearly every investigation (Set in Darkness, 2000, etc.), has barely finished interrogating David Costello about the disappearance of his girlfriend Philippa "Flip" Balfour and downed a few single malts at the retirement farewell for his superior, the Farmer, when he decides, without sanctions, to search Flip's flat, where he bumps into her dad John, a partner in a private bank, who has him suspended. Read full book review >

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EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Rankin (The Beat Goes On, 2015, etc.) takes his time setting up all these plots. But it's well worth the wait to see how the latest entry in this celebrated series fits all the pieces together."
Veteran cop John Rebus emerges from retirement to look into a pair of parallel cases of revenge. Read full book review >

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A GOOD HANGING by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"But any time spent with Rebus is quality time."
Nothing more than 12 character studies, perhaps—but the character they're studying is probably the most interesting man in detective fiction, the quintessential thinking man, Edinburgh DI John Rebus. Read full book review >

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FLESHMARKET ALLEY by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 2, 2005

"Iconoclastic Rebus and tetchy Clarke (A Question of Blood, 2004, etc.) are the best thing to come out of Scotland since single-malt—especially when they're involved in a plot so rich and complex."
Cast adrift when the CID closes their old patch, DI John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke try to fit in at the Gayfield Square stationhouse, on the edge of Edinburgh's posh New Town. Read full book review >

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STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Rankin deserves every award he's been given: an Edgar, a Gold Dagger, a Diamond Dagger. Surely there's another one waiting for Rebus' thrilling return to the fold."
Five years after his last recorded case (Exit Music, 2008), John Rebus returns, and welcome. Read full book review >

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SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Although Rebus is the protagonist of this gritty procedural, you see the action through so many other eyes that the hard-living detective is less vivid a presence than in his earlier outings. But the most persistent cop in the shop will still do whatever it takes to crack a case."
Rebus (Standing in Another Man's Grave, 2013, etc.) is working the streets as a detective again—and his loyalty is on the line. Read full book review >

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A QUESTION OF BLOOD by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 2004

"A notch below quintessential Rankin (Resurrection Man, Feb. 2003, etc.) with a wrap-up that doesn't quite ring true and a Rebus too dependent on painkillers and single-malt. But Siobhan—now there's a lassie to admire."
Once again up on charges, DI John Rebus defies suspension and scalded hands to work two difficult cases. Read full book review >

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SET IN DARKNESS by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Rankin, who won a Gold Dagger for Black and Blue (1997), adds another bracing Scotch sour to his fine Rebus series, concentrating this time on mordant family relationships, professional infighting, and the near-lethal mistakes of a good man."
Touring the site of Edinburgh's new parliamentary building complex, dour DI John Rebus and fast-tracking DI Derek Linford are present when a moldy, desiccated skeleton comes tumbling out of a long-disused fireplace. Read full book review >

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THE HANGING GARDEN by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Rebus, a puzzle to himself and an enigma to everyone else—especially that array of interesting ladies who've been drawn to him over the course of nine outings (Black and Blue, 1997, etc.)—remains one of the most charismatic heroes in contemporary crime fiction."
Staying on top of two complex investigations is tough enough, but what really has Inspector John Rebus up the wall is staying on the wagon. Read full book review >

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DEATH IS NOT THE END by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"The Criminal Records series offers fans a choice, but caveat lector: don't buy the same book twice."
Like CD singles, which ask a little less money for a lot less music, this initial entry in Otto Penzler's new Criminal Records series is far from a bargain page-wise. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD by Ian Rankin
Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"Rankin deftly balances welcome surprises and satisfyingly predictable developments. Mainly, though, he succeeds in making methodical Fox a worthy successor to the legendary Inspector John Rebus."
A routine, if unpleasant, internal investigation of the Fife Constabulary leads Edinburgh's Inspector Malcolm Fox and his Professional Standards team (The Complaints, 2011, etc.) back to a 25-year-old cover-up. Read full book review >

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RATHER BE THE DEVIL by Ian Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"If the word 'dour' hadn't already been in the English vocabulary, it would have had to be invented for Rankin (Even Dogs in the Wild, 2015, etc.) and his enduring detective. Luckily, the author is as tireless in delivering the goods as his creation is in solving tough cases."
A rogue cop who won't stay retired has even less incentive to follow the rules when an old murder leads to a new crime. Read full book review >