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Praise for Ian Rankin:
"Ian Rankin is up there among the best crime novelists at work today. His stuff is always taut, gritty, and stirring. At the heart of it stands Rebus, a character for the ages because he's a cop with style, wit, and an inalienable sense of the gray area between right and wrong." --Michael Connelly
"The progenitor--and king--of tartan noir." --James Ellroy
"A novelist of great scope, depth, and power...Brilliant." --Jonathan Kellerman
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful: A Deeper Look at Rebus, September 20, 2001 Reviewer: untouchable from Sydney, NSW Australia In this instalment of the Inspector John Rebus series, we are given a much deeper insight into Rebuses world, his life outside the police force, and how heÔø‡s dealing with the loneliness of living alone. From the opening scene Rebus is involved in an all-out thrill ride of a chase through the streets of Edinburgh. Unfortunately for Rebus the chase doesnÔø‡t end well, although it has an even worse ending for the me he was chasing. A suicide soon after is linked to the original case and Rebus is soon chasing down clues and digging up dirt. When heÔø‡s warned off the case by influential men from both inside and outside the police force, his resolve is hardened and he redoubles his efforts, convinced that he must be onto something pretty big. Just what it was he was on to was a little hard to decipher. Corruption in government departments is the bone that he latches onto and then he finds that heÔø‡s up against some pretty powerful customers. His job is on the line which means the world to him because as he points out, without his job, heÔø‡s nothing. We get a very candid look into Rebuses life outside of the police force and realise that heÔø‡s not doing too well at this point. His realisation that he may have a drinking problem is highlighted by the admission that when he tries to sleep sober he is haunted by nightmares, so he ensures he has a few drinks before bed each night. There is also a disturbing reference to suicide in the book and the fact that Rebus has given it some thought was indicative of his current frame of mind.