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The Flood

The Flood

The book that began Ian Rankin’s phenomenal career.

Mary Miller had always been an outcast. Burnt in a chemical mix as a young girl, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later. From then on she was regarded with a mixture of suspicion and fascination by her God-fearing community.

Now, years later, she is a single mother, caught up in a faltering affair with a local teacher. Her son, Sandy, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl. The search for happiness isn’t easy. Both mother and son must face a dark secret from their past, in the growing knowledge that their small dramas are being played out against a much larger canvas, glimpsed only in symbols and flickering images – of decay and regrowth, of fire and water – of the flood.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 18th September 2008

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781409107743

Reviews

The themes that would come to dominate the Rebus books are already here in embryonic form: the blurred boundaries between good and evil; the pull of superstition and myth; the difficulties in escaping and resolving one's past; the emotional complexities of the male of the species; and, not least, a good mystery
TIME OUT
A must for lovers of Rankin
GOOD BOOK GUIDE
Full of secrets and revelations, with an atmospheric sense of time and place, it has Rankin's signature darkness. A young man's book - and the start of something big
CHOICE
Rankin's talent is clear ... The Flood's use of Scottish mythology is clever. The depiction of the single mother at the book's heart is often finely drawn and always sympathetic ... There is, too, a real tension to its closing chapters
John Connolly, IRISH TIMES