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Hide And Seek: From the iconic #1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

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Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. I have a big complaint about Ian Rankin’s early Rebus novels, and it is a complaint that continues to taint my enjoyment of the series.

Early on in the book his suspicion that a drug overdose could be murder and his determination to resolve it one way or another leads him down a very interesting path to the end. Corruption, blackmail, illegal boxing, exploitation and those at the top getting away with crimes appears to be a common conclusion with Rebus stories. In the Exile on Princes Street foreword to Rebus: The Early Years, Rankin says this was his second attempt at updating Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. That one or more of the rich gentlemen of Edinburgh’s business classes would meet a sticky end was inevitable, almost too predictable for my liking.He is corrupt, self-righteous, hypocritical, misogynistic, violent, egomaniacal, bullying, and delusional. He is okay as a means of telling a decent story, but if I’m going to really enjoy a crime series I need to love a character. 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. bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES 'It's another Rebus novel you can't put down, and Rankin at his most powerful' CHOICE 'Rankin is superb' DAILY MAIL An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme. Some of his colleagues are inclined to categorise it as the routine death of a " junkie", but Rebus is perturbed by some unusual facts of the case: a full package of heroin in the dead man's room, and some mysterious bruises on his face and body.

My frank assessment: Apart from hindering flow of reading, looking up in 90 percent of the cases did not help much in my understanding of plot development. I confirm that I have read this Important Notice regarding Condition Reports and agree to its terms. In reading some reviews, I now understand that the future John Rebus is, as one reviewer put it, “surly, petulant, impulsive and distrusting.The benefit of reading the early instalments of the Rebus series is to get a good understanding of what makes this curmudgeonly detective tick. With so much behind my desire to read the books, and having heard so many great things, I went in with quite high expectations. But I think I'm beginning to like him more, and plan to continue the series to see how things develop with this character. Just another dead addict - until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists. He establishes that the junkie has been murdered by someone who substitutes rat poison for his normal fix.

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