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I was so excited when I saw that Ian Rankin was resurrecting John Rebus. This one was as good as the previous series which were uniformly excellent. I love the descriptions of Scotland and it's people, the story itself, and the narration was excellent.
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This is my 10th Ian Ranking book so I must like him. I visited Edinburgh, Scotland in the last year, where Rankin's John Rebus detective stories are set, and it was good recognizing some of the locales. This one was also set in Inverness and clear up to the northern coast of Scotland so there were lots of descriptions of the Scottish landscape and weather. The narrator in this book had a real Scottish brogue and in in the beginning it was a bit bothersome to understand what he was saying but it didn't take long to get into a groove and the Scottish became OK. But in the end, it's the John Rebus character that pulls you in, like most protagonists do in stories you like. Rebus is retired now but he's back in helping on some old cold cases when he comes across one involving some missing women that becomes really involved and he's right in the middle of it. Many of his old colleagues keep reminding him that he didn't always follow the rules, he smokes, he drinks too much, he doesn't exercise, his diet is terrible, all of the above but he still doggedly works the case just like he did before retiring. I really like the thoughts he has to himself about getting older, retiring, what to do with the rest of his life, maybe because I'm that age myself. Anyway, I enjoyed it, got through ti quickly, and recommend it to anyone that likes crime thrillers. Enjoy!
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