Rebus retired, maybe time for the series also… ***
Being an Ian Rankin fan, I was excited to be in Australia and purchase this book before it was available in the States. Unfortunately, it was somewhat of a disappointment.
Following John Rebus as he uncovers a mystery is usually worth the read. His conflict with superiors and his odd relationship with the gangster, Big Ger Cafferty, normally make Rankin’s novels page turners. This one falls short on both counts.
The lack of conflict made the reading tedious and the unraveling of the story was not gripping. The ending seemed rushed after all the pages used to set it up, and I closed the book unsatisfied.
Maybe Rankin should retire this series and start a fresh one. This one gets three stars.