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.