I just finished reading this, my first, Rankin book. I wasn't overly impressed with it. The writing style was OK but nothing special and the famous dialogue everyone is so fond of seemed very stilted to me. Witty? Not really. Quite contrived and sometimes embarrassing. Maybe I chose the wrong Rebus book to begin with, but I was not gripped enough with the plot. There were occasions where I thought things were about to get moving and I'd become engrossed in a scene, but then things would move back into their normal groove. Like other reviewers, I also found this book confusing. Characters were referred to but I couldn't remember who they were. I won't criticise this book for being too long, because there's nothing wrong with that, however, a book of this length could have developed the characters so much better. Apart from Rebus, none of the characters are developed and I think this is why I found it so hard to put names to characters. And Rebus for me doesn't work. He's a tough experienced cop with an over-reliance on alcohol. I can't picture him as an ex-SAS man. And he's middled aged yet his obsession with music makes him sound like an indie kid! When the main character doesn't work for you, the book will suffer. No real suspense either. On the other hand, this book wasn't totally devoid of entertainment. I didn't hate it, and I could possibly return to the author for a second bite, but I remain slightly unsatisfied and disappointed with the hype surrounding this author.