Thirty years ago the Scottish novelist Ian Rankin published the first book in his crime series that features the Edinburgh cop John Rebus. A few years ago Rankin tried to retire his ageing sleuth but Rebus and the many fans of these books would not go along with the plan. So even though Rebus continues to age in real time Rankin brought him back to work some cold cases.
In "Rather Be the Devil," his latest book, we find Rebus butting heads once again with his long-time nemesis, the ageing Edinburgh crime boss, "Big Ger" Cafferty. Both Rebus and Cafferty are staring down mortality in this one. Rebus has some unknown medical issues that must be scaring him badly; he has stopped smoking and severely curtailed his drinking. Rebus can be rather cranky even when he has his smokes and his single malts. In this one he's one rather austere curmudgeon.
Ian revealed that he's taking this year off to celebrate the 30th anniversary of John Rebus in the United Kingdom. There are many events planned. I'm so pleased that Rebus came back to us. These are fabulous novels. Ian Rankin is one my favorite guests.
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