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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.

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