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Watchman by Ian Rankin
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Dec 03, 2008

did not like it
Read in December, 2008

I could have gone with 2 stars, but if anyone who wasn't already a Rankin fan read this, they probably wouldn't become one/touch his books again, and if anyone who already was read it, they'd know that the books he wrote later would be better. So. There's this 'spy' and he gets involved in some stuff, accidentally, because he doesn't want to go home to his wife, who knows he's a spy, but he doesn't know she knows. And then. Things happen and they don't make much sense. He gets sent to Ireland. And people want him dead. Like his boss. Or his boss's boss. Because of the aforementioned 'stuff'. Which is all unclear until near the end of the book when he sits down for a big Q&A wherein the entire plot of the book is laid out. And you know what? It still doesn't make a lick of sense. Jim Stevens, the reporter from the Rebus books makes an extended cameo. Things end appropriately. I'm assuming. Based on what I inferred was going on.

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