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I recently re-listened to the Rebus series in order since they are all available to me now. Most stood up - or played even better taken chronologically. In this one, however, Rebus is still an Adam Dalgliesh wanna-be, drinking Chablis, reading and listening to the classics, friendship-hugging vulnerable women. And Rankin is still learning how to write. That said, it's still a decent mystery, just not what we'd expect from Rebus or Rankin a little later in their careers. The biggest value was seeing Holmes and Rebus at the start of their relationship.
I really dislike Page as a Rebus narrator - but that's a more personal choice.
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In this book Rebus is a bully and a selfish cad who blows relationships with women through crude and obtuse behavior.
Great pace and tension though and terrific ending.