Book Review - Even Dogs In The Wild

by Ian Rankin (Orion) ISBN: 9781409159360
 

Rebus, now retired, somehow ends up consulting for DI Siobhan Clarke when his nemesis, gangster Big Ger Cafferty is almost shot. This is linked to a series of deaths of prominent men in Edinburgh. How are they connected? 

DI Malcolm Fox is helping a team of undercover detectives from Glasgow who are trying to bring down a gang of mobsters. Fox is soon asking too many unwanted questions and he is drawn into the case which seems to be on a collision course with Rebus's. 

Hard-drinking Rebus and tee-totalling Fox have put their enmity behind them and work together. As the series progresses, we see how similar the seemingly different men are. Their dogged determination and their keen intelligence ensure that both solve their cases. 

I am a die-hard Rebus fan. I hope that Rankin has a few more stories where he can team Rebus up with Clarke and Fox. Even Dogs In The Wild is the 20th book in the series. May there be many more.

Amanda Patterson
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4/5

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The Impossible Dead

by Ian Rankin (Orion) ISBN: 9780752889542


I am a dedicated Ian Rankin fan. In the past some may have called me a groupie. Anyway… Rankin is a master of the craft of crime fiction writing. He understands how to create detectives and criminals. He knows how to make settings come alive and become characters in his novels. 

Malcolm Fox, Rankin's new protagonist, is divorced, in his 40s, and he's quieter than Rebus. He doesn't drink alcohol; he enjoys Appletiser. He's objective, and he’s a gentleman. He works for 'The Complaints' aka The Internal Affairs department that looks for 'dirty and compromised cops'. 

Fox and his colleagues, Kaye and Naysmith, arrive in Fife to investigate a station-house where everyone seems to have been compromised. But Fox finds too many links to the suicide of a politician, and he's determined to find out the truth. Forget about Rebus and enjoy this new series. I did. This second book in the series is even better than the first, The Complaints. 

Amanda Patterson
4/5

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