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
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
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 begin the Rebus adventure with Knots ...more
It's been sitting on my shelf for years, waiting for me to catch up with ...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
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
A pair of skeletons revealed under the concrete slab of a pub, a dead immigrant, a missing young woman, a dead rapist, a Glasgow thug operating a nightclub in Edinburgh – so many disparate threads, each one proving to be elusive. So it is up to Rebus and Siobhan to try to unravel these mysteries, which run parallel and at one point get entangled.
Rebus is out of St. Leonard’s, his old hunting ground. With the reorganisation of CID, he and hi ...more
The parents of a rape victim who had committed suicide, in a case that Siobhan had dealt with a few years back come pleading to her to find out the whereabouts of their second daughter.
The incidents continue as skeletons are found in the cellar of a pub, and the rapist of the other daughter who has come out is found murdered.
They are joined by an Immigration O ...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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