Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus #10)
Rankin has delivered a powerful series of books featuring his beleaguered Detective Inspector John Rebus, and while never less than gripping, a certain tiredness seemed to be setting in. Thankfully, Dead Soul...more
As a high school teacher, there were many times a student's behavior would become crystal clear after meeting his parents. I'd run into problems with work ethic or attitude or whatever, and I'd think, "What's the deal with this kid?" Then I'd meet Mom and/or Dad in a parent conference and immediately realize, "Oh, of course that's why he [fill in the blank]." It would be some sort of weird mirror image, where son's classroom surliness was reflected in Dad's obvious displeasure at comin ...more
One thing is that, after reading a John Rebus' book, I have an anguished feeling of visiting Edinburgh, see all those places describe the author with my own eyes. The series is set in Edinburgh and Rankin displays an unnerving knowledge ...more
Molto tempo dopo ho letto in un'intervista che l'unica ragione che spinge Ellroy a commentare i libri altrui è il fatto che viene pagato profumatamente per farlo.
I remembered part-way through that I had read it several years ago, at a time when I was preoccupied and didn't give it my full attention. It needs that since the plot is complex, lots of characters, many locations in Edinburgh and the surrounding area to keep track of. But Rankin has done a fantastic job of fleshing all of them out so that, if you are attentive, it all makes perfect sense.
I did really want to SHAKE one of the characters - the poor newsman ...more
Fifth in the series that I've read (not in order) and here are some other things of note:
- Rebus' lady friend Dr. Patience is flesh ...more
The book is very topical at the moment exploring as it does paedophilia amongst other transgressions and it is interesting that Mr Rankin says that he seeks to change Rebus' v ...more
Darren Rough is a convicted pedophile who has done his time and been released into a community that has not been advised he is joining them. While he was doing his time, he went to the meetings and attended therapy, so the experts believe he is not at risk to reoffend. Several are trying to help him reintegrate into a society that is disgusted, wary and fearful of these types of criminals.
At the same time, Rebus is cal ...more
Rankin sets his story in his semi-fictionalised but ultimately recognisable Edinburgh once more, and as ever, John Rebus' life is about to get very complicated.
I have an interest in crime fiction, though more the hardboiled wit of Dashiell Hammet ...more
Rebus dealt with cases of paedophilia in this story. He was generally multitasking--there were about three separate crimes/cases which ...more
There were a lot of references to obscure tracks that I, a child of that era, had never heard and which *steps back in shock* are not available on ...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