Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin

Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin

Category: Crime / Mystery

From the Back Cover:
For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria’s killer has never been found.

Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?

This was JK Roberton’s book for January as part of the #12booksin12months reading challenge.

“As a long term fan of the Rebus character in Ian Rankin’s fictional detective series these books remain permanently on my Christmas Present list. The old favorites (characters) return with a slightly wistful feeling that a ‘change of the guard’ is happening even as our favourite character fails to lead a life of leisure and retirement.

Throughout the book there is a slightly caustic view of the world that reminds us that not everything has to be done by the rules and sometime just a bit of plain old skullduggery and ambivalence is exactly what is required to achieve the correct outcome. The outcome being more important than the methods used.

You won’t find excessive descriptions of famous streets, landmarks, or even companies/historical figures but you will find well known street names/venues/areas of Edinburgh woven into the plots pivoting around the life of a streetwise detective who likes to ruffle feathers whilst turning up in (sometimes) the grandest of locations within Edinburgh.

The plot lines are carefully entangled to leave the ‘who dunnit’ part of the revelation until close to the end, but knowing the Ian Rankin as well as we do it’s clear that Rebus can never be separated from Big Ger or Darren Christie – his nemeses from the criminal underworld. The early books in the series did not suffer from this character fixation, and there’s a little bit lost in the telling of Rebus’s story because this fixation.

A retired gangster, a retired cop, and up and coming gangster, and a stereotypical unsolved case from the old days of 1970s/1980s are now the staple plot themes. This reduces the gravitas behind the words and sentenced as you fully understand that major events in the life’s of these characters will (at least for now) never result in their lose from the life story of John Rebus.”

L2R Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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