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Bleeding Hearts by Ian Rankin
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Aug 09, 11

bookshelves: fiction, library-loan, read2011
Read from August 07 to 09, 2011

I think this is the first Ian Rankin writing as Jack Harvey that I've read. It lacks the attraction of the setting of the Rebus novels - or other crime writers I enjoy, and I experienced this more as a filmic thriller. However, it was absorbing and atmospheric, oozing Rankin's competence as a writer.

As the blurb says, there's an assassination, but the twist is that this time it is the man who fired the bullet who is asking all the questions. The use of the first person is a very effective technique, and we are kept on our toes with switches to the third person story of Hoffer, the American detective who has made a life's work of trying to get to him.

Rankin gives credit to the Chandler-Fulbright Award that allowed him to spend time and money in the US - time and money well spent as the American parts of the chase have an authentic feel.
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