A tense and complex thriller featuring inspector John Rebus - the latest novel from the CWA Macallan Gold Dagger for fiction awardwinning team - hardcover edition reprinted within 2 weeks of publication. Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork generated by his investigations into a possible war criminal resident in Edinburgh. His immediate ...
A tense and complex thriller featuring inspector John Rebus - the latest novel from the CWA Macallan Gold Dagger for fiction awardwinning team - hardcover edition reprinted within 2 weeks of publication. Rebus is buried under a pile of paperwork generated by his investigations into a possible war criminal resident in Edinburgh. His immediate superiors are more than happy to have him tucked away in a quiet backwater for several months looking into ancient history. But the crime squad are forced to bring him back to the present day when a young upstart gangster, Tommy Telford, muscles in on Big Ger Cafferty's turf and Rebus's local knowledge becomes essential to the efforts to shut down Telford's business as a drug dealer, pimp and extortionist. Telford is known to have close links with a Newcastle gangster nicknamed ' Mr Pink Eyes' - a Chechen bringing Bosnian women into Britain as prostitutes. And when Rebus takes under his wing a young Bosnian vice girl it gives him 1 more reason to drive Telford into the ground.When his daughter, Sammy, is the victim of an all too professional hit and run, Rebus knows that there is nothinghe wouldn't do to bring down prime suspect Tommy Telford - even if it means doing a deal with the notorious Cafferty. Before he can act the waters are muddied further when the war criminal is found hanging in Warriston cemetary - now it's a murder investigation and it looks very much like it is linked to Cafferty, Telford and the whole sick crew.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-07-31 This sprawling, overloaded mystery from a justly acclaimed and usually very reliable crime author is a disappointment. Through nine previous novels (Black and Blue, 1997, etc.), dogged Edinburgh copper John Rebus has been captivating companyŠa man willing to place career before family and known to find solace in the bottle as his personal life takes an inevitable pounding. In this latest, Rebus's woes are strictly secondary (even as his daughter Samantha lies in a coma after a hit and run) as unsuspecting Edinburgh is rapidly transformed into the crime capital of the Western world. New hoodlum Tommy Telford is taking over, running whores imported from Eastern Europe, conspiring with Japanese businessmen to buy golf courses and selling drugs from the back of an ice cream van. All this upsets Ger Rafferty, the reigning hoodlum, who's stuck in prison and friendly with Rebus. Rebus makes a deal with Ger to take Telford down. Rebus also gives shelter to a suicidal prostitute and investigates the life and times of Joseph Lintz, a retired academic and alleged Nazi war criminal. A supremely implausible piece of plotting links Lintz to Telford's crowd. The evolution of Scotland's capital city into a gangster-riddled Babylon is bold, but all the canny procedural detail that Rankin is known for is lamentably jettisoned for a train wreck of a novel that aims for cinematic epic mayhem but achieves only narrative chaos instead. Author tour. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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