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July Books 1) Dead Souls, by Ian Rankin

One of the better Inspector Rebus novels (I do need to check back and see how often I have used that phrase). A returning psychopath, establishment paedophiles, and a long-lost ex-girlfriend infest Rebus's life, and knowing that the law may never succeed in delivering justice is starting to gring him down. It's also a very interesting novel about parenthood - Rebus and his daughter, still recovering from the injuries she sustained in the last book; his ex-girlfriend and her missing son, tangled in the decadent lives of the offspring of a senior judge; the parents and daughter of Rebus' colleague whose death opens the book; children and moral panic in a depressed housing estate; and the ex-con returning from America to exert an ancient revenge. It is very compelling reading.


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Jul. 3rd, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
"One of the better Inspector Rebus novels (I do need to check back and see how often I have used that phrase)." -- reminds me of how after Woody Allen stopped making good movies (basically, Stardust Memories in 1980) almost every film he made would be described as a return to form, sometimes even "a return to form after immediately previous movie X", which had also been described as a return to form. I'm taking this to mean that Rebus novels are gripping at the time but in general seem less substantial after the fact -- is that fair?
Jul. 4th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
I think like a lot of authors you see a steady improvement in the first few books as his writing improved. I can't remember details of the complicated plots afterwards, but that isn't necessarily a problem.
Jul. 3rd, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
You just earwormed me with Joy Division's "Dead Souls".

Jul. 4th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Dead Souls was the first Rankin book I read, and therefore the reason not only that I read all his books but that I started reading crime novels as a species after many years of not doing so.

Maybe it's because I read it first, but I still think it's the best of the whole series.
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