The Falls (Inspector Rebus, #12)
Success has a price, and the remarkable acclaim (both critical and commercial) that greeted the gritty Edinburgh-set crime novels of Ian Rankin has set the author a considerable problem. How does he maintain the freshness of detail and atmosphere that have made his books such riveting reading?... show more
Success has a price, and the remarkable acclaim (both critical and commercial) that greeted the gritty Edinburgh-set crime novels of Ian Rankin has set the author a considerable problem. How does he maintain the freshness of detail and atmosphere that have made his books such riveting reading? And how does he keep his tough detective DI John Rebus from degenerating into a series of mannerisms? If Raymond Chandler grew tired of Philip Marlowe and Conan Doyle of Holmes, Rankin would have been in good company if he gave up on Rebus. Fortunately, his belief in the character clearly remains as powerful as ever, and The Falls is the most impressive Rebus novel in many a moon. The detective's personal problems--overused of late--are wisely sidelined in order to concentrate on a highly intriguing (and topical) plot.When a student vanishes in Edinburgh, there is pressure on Rebus to find her, particularly as she is the scion of a family of extremely rich bankers. Needless to say, this is more than just the case of a spoilt rich girl breaking out of the cage of family responsibilities, and a carved wooden doll in a coffin found in her home village leads Rebus to the Internet role-playing game that she was involved in. And when DC Siobhan Clarke, a key member of Rebus' team, tackles the Virtual Quizmaster, Rankin finds himself struggling to save her from the same fate as the missing girl.Consummate plotting has always been Rankin's trademark, and that skill is put to maximum use here. The balance between developing the characterisation of the ill-assorted team of coppers that Rebus assembles and the labyrinthine twists of the plot is maintained with an iron hand, and Rankin's mordant eye remains as keen as ever: "You okay, John?" Curt reached out a hand and touched his shoulder. Rebus shook his head slowly, eyes squeezed shut. Curt didn't make it out the first time, so Rebus had to repeat what he said next: "I don't believe in heaven." That was the horror of it. This life was the only one you got. No redemption afterwards, no chance of wiping the slate clean and starting over. Rebus said "There is no justice in the world." "You'd know more about that than I would", Curt replied. --Barry Forshaw
Publish date: March 1st 2001
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Inspector Rebus (#12)
If anyone can do it, John, you can. I've always had confidence in your sheer pig-headedness and inability to listen to your senior officers. After the last few novels which were characterized by several interlocking stories, The Falls centers on the disappearance of a young woman -- Philippa Balfou...
bookshelves: re-read, winter-20112012, published-2001, paper-read, mystery-thriller, britain-scotland, series, incest-agameforallthefamily, edinburgh Read from February 04 to 05, 2012 ** spoiler alert ** RE-READ in the form of Rebus TV series - looks good enough to me! Edinburgh police detectiv...
RE-READ in the form of Rebus TV series - looks good enough to me!PLOT SUMMARY IMDB: DI Rebus investigates the murder of Dr. Joseph Devlin, a retired obstetrician. The man is found in his home, tied to a chair with his wrists slit. On his lap is a miniature coffin, similar to those found in a local m...
listened on a playaway. My first Rebus mystery. I enjoyed this one a lot. Will seek out additional Rebus books in the future.
Dramatised by Bert Coules. Review of the book from The TimesA student has gone missing in Edinburgh - completely out of character. She's not just any student, though, but the daughter of extremely well to do and influential bankers. There's almost nothing to go on until Detective Inspector John Rebu...