Inspector Rebus novels
Detective Inspector John Rebus may have gone too far - a bit of back chat is one thing, but letting fly at the Chief Superintendent with a full mug of the vending machine's finest can't be ignored. Rebus is sent back to the Police College for retraining, along with four of the Scottish Force's more unorthodox detectives.
But there's something bigger in the offing than a cozy chat with the Careers Assessment officer. The unsolved case the malcontents have been assigned to is one some of the team are familiar with. Rebus knew the victim, one Rico Lomax, a Glasgow lowlife no one has much cause to mourn. Is the choice of case deliberate? Are the Big House looking not to resurrect their erstwhile colleagues, but rather to find a way of getting rid of them for good?
Back in Edinburgh, the case Rebus has left behind has thrown up a surprising suspect. Trawling through the guest list of a murdered art dealer's last private view, Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke comes across the signature of one Morris Gerald Cafferty, Rebus's nemesis, recently released from the notorious Barlinnie. Siobhan's been promoted, but is she really ready to step into John Rebus's shoes? Will she be able to play Cafferty's game?
'This is the thirteenth Rebus book and reviewers have rarely been able to escape the rut of high praise. Quite apart from their excellence as detective novels, every one of them adds something interesting to our understanding of the social landscape of Edinburgh, which Rankin portrays with such subtletly and sensitivity. Historians and sociologists will discover a lot more about the city in Rankin's fiction than in a host of serious tomes'
'What is impressive in Resurrection Men is not just the deftness of the links that emerge between disparate crimes, but the fluency of the fugue-like counterpoint between investigations'
'The plot is so thick you could stand a spoon up in it'
'Resurrection Men is Rebus's 13th outing, and it bears all the qualities that have established Rankin as one of Britain's leading novelists in any genre: a powerful sense of place; a redefinition of Scotland and its past; persuasive dialogue; and a growing compassion amongst its characters'
'A complex mystery novel, as you would expect from Rankin, one of a handful of truly outstanding British mystery writers... Terrific'
'Rankin continues to be unsurpassed among living British crime writers'
'The Falls is an inventive and absorbing book... highly enjoyable and exciting'