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Exit Music by Ian Rankin
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May 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: better_than_tv, bookmarks, murder_mystery, police
Recommended to KarenC by: Series
Read from May 16 to 21, 2011 — I own a copy

With the focus on Rebus's retirement it was hard not to feel a bit sad as the plot of this novel moved along. May not have been Rankin's best in the series, but it kept my attention and involvement in the story. I've liked the few Rebus books I've read, so have the chance to return to the first in the series and read straight through. By the time I return to this one I'll re-read it with some regret, knowing that all good detectives retire. Ranking, through Rebus & his colleagues, has taken a pragmatic approach to crime solving that seems very realistic. He presents the crimes and possible theories well with less thought to the possibilities of being wrong, than to exploring the options to solve the crime.
Rankin and Rebus put DS Clarke in a position to show how well she can work and lead a diverse team; she has learned well from Rebus and his habits influence her. The question is whether she will be able to move on and develop without him. Rankin has not presented her in a way that allows the reader to consider Clarke as a stand-alone operator, although Rebus encourages her and wants to promote her.
I'll miss these characters and Rankin's presentation of Edinburgh. Will continue reading Rankin, but comparing future police detectives to Rebus.

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