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Book Title: El escondite|
Date of issue: November 6th 2013
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The author of the book: Ian Rankin
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The size of the: 6.31 MB
Read full description of the books El escondite:I’ve a habit of stumbling into a series and reading subsequent books - those that preceded it and those that followed - in random order. And that’s what I’ve done here. My only outstanding books are a handful (I’m not quite sure how many as I’m not absolutely certain which ones I’ve read and which I haven’t) at the start of the series. So having recently read book one, and really enjoyed it, it was now the turn of book two.
A friend of mine, a long time resident of Edinburgh, used to tell me that the city has this posh and calm appearance but what lurks just below the surface, invisible to the occasional visitor, is a darker, murkier place. And this is what John Rebus discovers here. He’s recently been promoted to Inspector and, in truth, he seems rather drunk with the power of it. The main plot line concerns a dead drug addict, found in a squat. Rebus just has a feel about the scene of death and decides to sniff around a bit more than would normally seem necessary in a case seemingly as cut and dried as this. There’s also a new Superintendent to deal with and he’s co-opted John onto a small team looking at the wider issue of the city’s growing drug problems.
The story is interesting and well told as Rebus gradually unearths a few loose ends and tugs away at these strands until the bigger picture starts to appear. But the real beauty, the true quality of the writing, is in the character development and the superb dialogue. Here Rankin has created one of the enduring heroes of crime fiction, and what’s really pleasing is that even in this very early book (the series has reached 20 episodes and is still going) the quality is already abundantly clear. There were scenes here that had me laughing aloud which also included dialogue as caustic and cutting as you’ll find anywhere in literature. The full spectrum from light to absolute darkness is here.
I’ll continue to make my way slowly (like the best meals, I don’t want to gobble it all up too fast) through the outstanding books. Do yourself a favour – if you like crime fiction but have somehow missed out on the delights of Rebus, put it right ASAP. You won’t regret it.
Read information about the authorAKA Jack Harvey.
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow. He is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award, and he received two Dagger Awards for the year's best short story and the Gold Dagger for Fiction. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, and Edinburgh.
A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts, on Channel 4 in 2002. He recently received the OBE for services to literature, and opted to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.
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