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As always in Rankin's novels, Rebus's bad attitude to his superiors comes back to bite him--even though doctors testify that damage to his hands is a scalding from trying drunkenly to get into an over-hot bath, it is regarded as circumstantial evidence of his possible guilt. The high-school shooting looks at first like another ex-SAS crazy going wild--and here Rebus's own past as an SAS washout comes to haunt him--and the constant meddling of army investigators screams cover-up. In fact, though, this is one of those occasions on which Rebus' slightly paranoid preparedness to see connections everywhere pays off and he manages to solve both crimes and a lot of other unsuspected pieces of mayhem besides.
Along the way, the book offers Rankin's usual intense commentary on embattled masculinity and what it means to be a Scot, and this excellent sequence's usual portrayal of an Edinburgh where modernity rubs up against time-worn slums and ancient privilege. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I was on a Rankin kick when I bought this book. Got through about half of his catalog and moved on. I think it's time to finish off the rest of his books.Published 17 months ago by Geordie A.
Meaty. Lots to like here. It's complicated and keeps you interested in trying to solve the mystery thanks to all the detail.Published 20 months ago by Alice Richards
Rebus's disrespect for his superiors has never been exceeded! He manages to solve the crime in the last few pages even though he has been told to cease and desist. Read morePublished 22 months ago by James Easson