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on July 4, 2013
Okay, I am a fan. I have been reading Ian Rankin's stuff and watching PBS series forever.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed another drive through Scotland and believe me there is plenty of (just) driving in this book. Once again, IR relies on the notion that successful detective work involves hanging around strip joints, late night drinking, and knowing who the thugs are (in this case were as many of them seem as over the hill as Rebus). Does the relentlessly pursuing internal investigator represent a rationale demand for order in a chaotic state or Capitian Ahab from another generation. Who knows? Does it further the plot or enhance the character arc? I heard an interview of IR and I drew the impression that he did not care.
The driving trips (really there is not enough detail to call them episodes---some it sounds like an AAA recommendation) and the dumping of body was similar enough to a crimes in the news (aka 'the highway of tears' and 'the pig farm') to suggest that this was a derivative effort rather than IR gold.
Despite these reservations, I finished it. With the right sound track, it would be an interesting road-trip audio-book (with the wrong track, likely, it would be ghastly) but my favorite in that genre would be 'Gone, but not forgotten'.