Ian Rankin's ever-popular Inspector Rebus is back again
4/5 I always rejoice at the arrival of a new Rebus from Ian Rankin, the beauty of them is that you can usually pick them up out of sequence and quickly understand what has been goingon in the detective’s life in the ones you’ve missed. So I was a little disappointed to find here a reference to being forced to retire and my favourite Scottish detective no longer on the force but rather checking out cold cases. That said, this book does bring back the Rebus I know and love in stonking form. He is, as usual, the only one to spot a link between the cases of several missing women, after it’s pointed out by the mother of one victim, who everyone else has assumed potty. From there he, as usual, goes his own sweet way. Bucking the establishment and infuriating his superiors seems to be part of Rebus’ raison d’etre and it helps that the hero of another Rankin book, The Complaints, is vying with the villain for Rebus’ emnity.
Together with his trusty sidekick Siobhan Clarke - no matter that she is still a serving officer who should be having nothing to do with his flights of fancy - Rebus proceeds to make his former force colleagues look a little careless while, of course, solving the crime.
There’s a really nice twist and you’re left wondering if he’ll be back on the force very soon.