John Rebus is a long-standing character in Rankin’s police novels; in fact, he’s been showing up for two decades, scattered throughout 14 novels. Based in Edinburgh, Ireland, Rebus is old, cranky, avoids rules and management, drinks too much, is very hard on relationships, but is a tenacious, effective detective. Not only his saving grace on the job he’s clinging to, but as a reader, the bottom line is Rebus’ skill at police work is what keeps me coming back to Rankin’s books.
Pacing and detail keep the pages turning. Relax into Standing In Another Man’s Grave and appreciate that Ian Rankin is such a masterful writer Rebus comes alive in the motion picture in your head. I’m writing about him like he’s a real man; after years of novels featuring his character, friends and fellow officers, I am confident I could meet the guy at a local bar and hold my own in a conversation.
You won’t find shoot-outs and wild car pursuits in a Rebus storyline. Satisfaction with a detailed, engaging, storyline you’ll happily immerse yourself in is the card Rankin plays. I enjoy hanging out with John Rebus. How many authors can keep a character at the top of their game for two decades?
$25.95 Little, Brown & Co.