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Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin
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Read from March 28 to April 02, 2012

Book Review – Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin

Published by Orion Fiction
ISBN 978-0-7528-8358-8

This is another excellent Ian Rankin novel in the Inspector Rebus series.
Rebus’ character is developed further and the reader is able to identify very well with the character. Rebus is a bit of a maverick but loveable with it.
This particular novel explores some hard hitting themes including sectarianism in Scotland and its links with Canada, USA and Ireland, brutal murders, youth culture and police corruption. They are all incorporated into one plot with consummate ease by this accomplished author.
All the characters are well written and each scene can be vividly imagined. The plot is clear and easily followed yet intricate and complex as well. The novel is brought to a conclusion with fast-paced action but does not end too abruptly. This is a very cleverly written novel which draws you in right from the outset.
As a personal read I would give this 5/5 as I am a Rankin fan and love crime fiction.
As a group read I would also give this 5/5, even if the group in question do not usually read crime novels, due to the number of controversial issues raised which could spark good discussions.
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Reading Progress

03/31/2012 page 194
70.0%
04/07/2012 page 194
70.0% "finished review to follow"

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