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Maybe even better than reading Rebus books which I find to be well written. Very good writers of detective fiction, probably all fiction, give just enough character development to make the plot completely believable. That is what make Rankin's books so enjoyable.
If you've made it this far, you must be a John Rebus series fan. Rebus is like the other good crime novel series I like, the detective is flawed but you can't help but like him and he gets the crime solved even if not always in a conventional manner.
This book has two murders and a solid beating that need solving at the very end of John's career. Working with his long time sidekick, DS Clark, John works the case(s) in his way, alienating coworkers and the bad guys along the way.
One side note to this book is answering the question, is this the last book in the series? The author makes references to Rebus' health throughout the book. He mainly smokes too much but Rebus also drinks too much, has a terrible diet, has to take breaks walking up steps to the point where you wonder if Ranking is going to have him expire at book's end as an end to the series. Well, you'll just have to listen to the book to find out.
One last thing, the narrator has a distinct Scottish accent. Usually in a book like this it takes a while to get your ear tuned into the accent. I first started listening to this book on my Amazon Echo and found the accent a bit tough due to the extraneous noise, I really had to concentrate. Then I switched to my Bose headset and found it much easier to conectrate and I didn't find the accent a problem at all. Later in the book I did go back to the Echo and it seemed much better. In the end I do like the accents that make a story even more realistic.