In A House of Lies

By Ian Rankin, Orion Fic­tion, £20

Belfast Telegraph - - REVIEW - Re­view by Ju­lian Cole

John Re­bus clings on, lungs rat­tling, body rad­dled. Spin­ning an­other Ed­in­burgh tale with the ex-cop as lynch­pin isn’t easy, but Rankin suc­ceeds.

His lat­est isn’t his best (Set In Dark­ness gets my vote), but the fa­mil­iar el­e­ments line up: side­kicks Siob­han Clarke and Mal­colm Fox, 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.

Still, it’s al­ways cheer­ing to meet Re­bus again, and a hint from Caf­ferty that Brexit is go­ing to be a crime gold­mine sug­gests more to come.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.