Three stories.. a case of a missing girl, the murder of an asylum seeker, and a couple of skeletons unearthed from cement in a cellar.
Rebus in my opinion a bit more joyful for some unknown reason investigates the murder of an asylum seeker, and gets his hand on various shady guys who got their fingers in many illegal pies.
Siobhan looks for a lost girl. A sister of a murder victim.. a favour for the family.. an an u ...more
This novel is about murder and detecting, about relationships between detectives and other, of course, but also about exploitation of undocumented immigrants--in Scotland, mind. It's dark, of course. A few examples of what Rankin has to say and why his writing is irresistible, keeping me up late no matter the time for which I ...more
DI Rebus and DS Siobhan Clark, Rebus's partner have been moved to the Gayfield Police sub-station as part of a reallocation of resources in the Edinburgh PD. The story starts with Rebus assisting with a murder of an immigrant in the Knoxland housing development, not technically within Rebus's area ...more
Carrying on his Detective Rebus series, Rankin begins his story with a man found stabbed in a dodgy area of Edinburgh. The victim, a refugee with several stab wounds ...more
Detective Rebus is one of the great, underrated characters in this genre. He knows his territory (Edinburgh) and its inhabitants like the back of his hand, he comes across to his peers as gruff yet competent, and he has trouble playing nicely with his superiors. Sounds like a bu ...more
Rebus had never seen children in a mortuary before, and the sight of« fended him. This was a place for professionals, for adults, for the widowed. It was a place for unwelcome truths about the human body. It was the antithesis of childhood....more
Then again, what was childhood to the Yurgii children but confusion and desperation?
Which didn’t stop Rebus pinning one of the guards to the wall. physically, of course, not using his hands. But by dint
It's been sitting on my shelf for years, waiting for me to catch up with ...more
None of this is unexpected, not if you've ...more
I really want Rebus and Siobhan to get it on already but I wouldn't mind if that is being saved for the end of the series.
In this book, the murder of an asylum seeker and two skeletons uncovered leads to a cross over of cases. Rebus once again manages to solve everything, proving he is the best policeman by far.
Another good Rebus book.
In Fleshmarket Alley (after 2004's A Question of Blood, ***1/2 May/June 2004, and the Edgar Award-winning Resurrection Men), Rankin deals with horrific subjects: illegal immigration, racism, political asylum, bureaucracy, detention housing, and a networked criminal underworld. Described as "the Dickens of Edinburgh," Rankin explores the city's fleshmarket__the trade in humans and plight of asylum seekers. His expertly plotted crimes come together as usual, and their confluence provides some of t...more
In Fleshmarket Alley, Rankin exposes the harsh realities faced by refugees and asylum seekers living i ...more
Rankin must have been trying to get in good with his newfound left wing literary pals; a long bit of moralizing in the middle turned me off. Rankin always sprinkles ...more
Rankin guides thecreadercthrough Edinburgh, the good the bad and cc the ugly, following the floor fall of both Inspector John Rebus and DS Shiv Clarke. In fact threatens number of cases in play in this intriguing thriller, with Rebus and Shiv taken in different directions, only for the tangled strands to bring them together. Arch villain Big Ger Cafferty makes a cameo appearance as an ageing Rebus, denied even a chair to sit/ on, I add forced to tread the street ...more
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has been elected a ...more