IN A HOUSE OF LIES
by Ian Rankin, Orion Fiction, £20, ebook £10.99
JOHN Rebus clings on, lungs rattling, body raddled. Spinning another Edinburgh tale with the ex-cop as lynch-pin isn’t easy, but Rankin succeeds. His latest isn’t his best but the familiar elements line up: sidekicks Siobhan and Malcolm, arch nemesis Cafferty, a sort of grizzled, villainous half-brother to Rebus, and Brillo the dog.
A skeleton in an abandoned Polo turns out to belong to a missing gay private investigator. Drugs and cheap exploitation films are involved. A different case sees Rebus sniffing out a young man jailed for inexplicably murdering his girlfriend. A good rattling read, let down only by too many unnecessary dialogue modifiers.