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Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin
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Jul 28, 2011

This book likely deserves more than 3 stars and like most bad teachers, I use a separate scale for my gifted ones. Ian Rankin is of course among my favorite authors, so each book of his I read, I expect to wow me. This one did not. I enjoyed it, particularly for the believable struggle between Rebus and Siobban as they push and pull between togetherness and separateness. I am also reminded that I (maybe all of us) are too much like Rebus for comfort. I especially think of this as I transition from a life of over commitment to work to a life in which work is not something to be assumed. I imagine Rebus to be rather unhappily retired and I'll not go gentle into that good night!

Anyway, this is worth a read. Neither profound, nor gripping, but Rankin nonetheless. Why is it that I gain more sympathy for and interest in Ger Cafferty the more Rankin I read?
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