Title: Dead Souls: An Inspector Rebus Novel
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publication Date: 1999
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1999. St Martin's Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 406 pages. October 1999. hardcover. Jacket art by Ed Holub. Signed by The Author. 0312202938. keywords: Mystery Scotland. inventory # 27293. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Weary, wary, hard-drinking Detective John Rebus returns in author Ian Rankinís internationally acclaimed, award-winning series. As complex and unpredictable as the brooding mists that envelop his Edinburgh beat, Rebus is ever resourceful and determined-but this time, vulnerable and challenged as never before, with complications in his personal life, and events that shake him to the depths of his being. A colleagueís suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts-and the prospect of his daughterís possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tony flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins-knowing itís himself heís really trying to save. . Bookseller Inventory # 27293
Synopsis: Rebus doesn't quite feel like himself these days. His friend and colleague Jack Morton has died; his daughter is in a wheel chair since she was hit by a car that was meant for him; he's drinking again and doesn't feel good about it. Having gone through so much, he is unsure how to keep going.
The last thing he needs right now is a test of his abilities as a detective, but that's exactly what he gets. Rebus gets assigned to look after the convicted murderer Cary Oakes, whose just been deported back to Edinburgh from the US. Oakes is a cruel and conniving man, and he begins to play with Rebus' life. On top of that Rebus has a personal crusade against a pedophile assigned to live near a playground, a cop's suicide that may have far-reaching implications, and a high-school sweetheart whose teenage son is missing. Rebus is stuck.
Review: When an author as successful as Rankin has been with his tough and idiomatic Scottish thrillers, a problem sets in after several books: how to keep the formula fresh.
Rankin has delivered a powerful series of books featuring his beleaguered Detective Inspector John Rebus, and while never less than gripping, a certain tiredness seemed to be setting in. Thankfully, Dead Souls is a resounding return to form, with a plot as enjoyably labyrinthine as any Rankin enthusiast could wish for, and pithy dialogue that fairly leaps off the page. Stalking the streets of Edinburgh on the trail of a poisoner, Rebus hits upon a freed pedophile and his subsequent outing of the man leaves him with very mixed feelings. But another problem develops for Rebus: a convicted murderer has him in his sights for some lethal games. And the tabloid press lionizing of Rebus won't help him in this situation.
As always, Rankin is perfectly ready to tackle contentious issues--precisely the thing that gives his books their powerful sense of veracity. And Rebus, no longer in danger of having a soap opera-like accumulation of personal problems, seems as fresh and well-observed a character as in those first exhilarating books. Rankin has caught his form again, with even more assurance. --Barry Forshaw, Amazon.co.uk
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