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FLESHMARKET CLOSE. Perfect Paperback – Jan 1 2004


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  • Perfect Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: MCARTHUR & COMPANY; First THUS edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752851136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752851136
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,563,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Every now and then I like to interrupt my usual literary druthers with a nice mindless mystery/thriller. I find I have been discontent with the books I have been reading lately and needed something light and good to recharge. So I drafted Ian Rankin novelist-distractionaire for this task, and Rankin’s Fleshmarket Close did just that.

Carrying on his Detective Rebus series, Rankin begins his story with a man found stabbed in a dodgy area of Edinburgh. The victim, a refugee with several stab wounds, is thought by the police to be the result of a racially-motivated crime. And so tells the murder-solving story that weaves several different crimes that all take place over a week.

Rankin is a great storyteller and bravely takes on the touchy subject of race relations. He exposes the harsh realities faced by refugees and asylum-seekers, and depicts their attempts to start new lives in a better country only to find themselves poor, desolate, and the subject of hate crimes.

Rankin’s readers know that sometimes his stories wrap everything up together all too nicely, but that’s easy to get over considering you’ve devoured page after page because he’s kept you entertained. The great thing about Rankin’s novels is they don’t subject the reader to procedural dribble; rather he makes his novels interesting, funny, and with a healthy dose of police work that makes you hang on for more.
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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.
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By Lorry on April 1 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Got lost trying to keep track of everyone. Siobhan almost emerged as a character. Silly bit about the flashlight could have been eliminated.
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Rankin at his formidable best April 6 2006
By Booksthatmatter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rankin does not put a foot wrong in what is possibly his most ambitious book yet. He manages to sustain 3, no 4, seemingly separate but highly interlinked plot-lines running: two murders; a missing teenager; and the apparent spoof burial of two fake skeletons. Fleshmarket Close directly tackles racism, asylum and immigration issues in a chillingly frank fashion. What I liked best about this book though was the way Rebus himself has become both more hardened and more humane at the same time - a very effective development. His bitter, give-a-damn demeanor now declares very loudly that he knows the system, the law delivers very little by way of real justive but he's damned if that's going to stop him trying to be its conscience. Welcome returns from characters like Big Ger Cafferty and Siobhan Clarke as well. This really is Rankin bettering his best.
Five Stars July 10 2014
By David O' Shea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Brilliant book with lots of twists
Unknown Rebus May 7 2012
By Sean Smyth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Well written. I didn't get the Edinburgh I remembered but maybe this is more the underside. Very interesting the way the author makes you think about racism. The solicitor guy says " we are all racist; it depends on what we do about it". When you read it you will be aware "we are all tribal; it depends on how we handle it". The immigration officer is black and a "Londoner", another label. Another scoundrel is Irish, a rapist is Scottish and on it goes. There are good bad and ugly in all races. This is my first encounter with Rebus, the detective, and that is a disadvantage. I think I would enjoy him much more had I been familiar with his other novels. This is my fourth or fifth book set in "northern countries" Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Scotland. They are not unique and they point out that the "migration problem" must be faced. Keeping people in holding centres as described in this novel is not the way. Our society needs to be educated to get along together.
OK Thriller But Long-Winded Dec 4 2011
By James A. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Not Ian Rankin at his finest, but still an OK thriller. I found it hard to get into but after 50 pages or so it started to pick up pace and captured my interest. Rankin juggles three subplots here and provides a satisfactory conclusion. Great descriptions of Edinburgh and its seedy underbelly which most tourists never get to see.

I thought the novel was a bit long-winded and could have uswed some judicious editing. At almost 500 pages long, it's a bit wordy for a mystery and should have been about 80-100 pages shorter. Still #15 in the Rebus series is a fine read. I look forward to the final two in the series.
far too long-winded to be called a 'thriller' April 20 2008
By N. Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
..an enjoyable enough read but at nearly 500 pages this is at least 150 pages too long. As pointed out there are four or five seemingly unconnected plots going on here, each developed with a certain tedium to the point where Rebus is forced to tie all the lose ends together and wrap the whole thing up in the last 10-20 pages. Ranking & Rebus have evidently attained such a level of success that the publisher doesn't feel the need for some tighter editing. If you enjoy page after page of Rebus drinking, eating & painfully trying to develop a relationship with a woman plainly unsuited then this is highly recommended.

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