Fleshmarket Alley: An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus #15)
This novel is about murder and detecting, about relationships between detectives and other, of course, but also about exploitation of undocumented immigrants--in Scotland, mind. It's dark, of course. A few examples of what Rankin has to say and why his writing is irresistible, keeping me up late no matter the time for which I ...more
It's been sitting on my shelf for years, waiting for me to catch up with ...more
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 ...more
In Fleshmarket Alley, Rankin exposes the harsh realities faced by refugees and asylum seekers living i ...more
In Fleshmarket Alley (after 2004's A Question of Blood, ***1/2 May/June 2004, and the Edgar Award-winning Resurrection Men), Rankin deals with horrific subjects: illegal immigration, racism, political asylum, bureaucracy, detention housing, and a networked criminal underworld. Described as "the Dickens of Edinburgh," Rankin explores the city's fleshmarket__the trade in humans and plight of asylum seekers. His expertly plotted crimes come together as usual, and their confluence provides some of t...more
Rankin must have been trying to get in good with his newfound left wing literary pals; a long bit of moralizing in the middle turned me off. Rankin always sprinkles ...more
So far, the best book of this series.
4* Resurrection Men (Inspector Rebus, #13)
3* Strip Jack (Inspector Rebus, #4)
3* The Black Book ( ...more
That said, I appreciate that people love this stuff and I found the first 100 pages or so sped by at a good pace as I enjoyed acquainting myself with Rankin's landscape. Sadly, by the time I ...more
I love, love, love Ian Rankin. Since I pick up his books at second-hand stores, I have to read them out of order. And since I've been reading him for a while, there are few if any of his titles I still haven't read.
You can imagine my delight then at finally finding "Fleshmarket Alley."
This story begins with a little macabre incident -- human bones found during the renovation of a bar. But they're not murder bones, just forensic bone ...more
Moved from their usual station because of reorganizations in the force Rebus and Clarke find themselves as seemingly less than welcome guests at a city centre police station.
While attempting to fit in (or not in Rebus’ case) they find themselves drawn into two seemingly different crimes which are actually closely entwined.
The murder of a young ...more
There's a ring of people smuggling refugees. A couple of small time thugs making pornography. John befriends an artist who spen ...more
I love finding out about a different author, especially one with many other books to read so I don't have to wait a long time for the new book to come out. I bought this trade paperback in Amsterdam at the Konigsdaag celebration to give me something to read on the plane. And I am glad I did. It is read out of order but I can now go back and found out more about Rebus and his partner, Siobhan. He sets a great atmosphere in Edinburgh with lots of complex characters.
Canadian referenc ...more
Fleshmarket Alley is the 15th installment of the Inspector John Rebus mystery novels. (Although each book can be read as a stand-along novel, a reader might wish to beg ...more
What must Rankin think. Should he kill Rebus off.... but where would that leave him? The storys are all merging into one now and no matter how well written they are - you know exactly what you are going to get. Or is that the point?
References to identifyable edinburgh locations (although there is a made up estate) an increasingly marginalised Rebus - now ready for retirement and without a desk in ...more
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has been elected a ...more
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