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Book Title: Rebus: The St. Leonard's Years|
The author of the book: Ian Rankin
Date of issue: 2001
ISBN 13: 9780752846569
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Strip Jack (Rebus #4):
Strip Jack was a very interesting case for John Rebus, "Farmer" Watson, "Fart" Lauderdale and Brian Holmes. While this book involves a very large cast of characters, almost all of them with nicknames, Rankin manages to keep the story straight and IMO very clear for readers to keep straight as well.
I really enjoyed the pace of the plot development and that Rankin is clever enough to write in character development for more minor characters as well as the protagonist. This book in particular really gives the reader the feeling that these are real "polis" in a real precinct which is fitting given that the cast moves into a real Edinburgh and a real precinct (St. Leonards) to start book 5.
The Black Book (Rebus #5):
The Black Book is a very interesting plot, and among the best of the first five books. Once again Rankin gets readers to engage with Rebus by making the crimes personal. With friends and family in danger Rebus must solve the case before there is irreparable damage done.
Mortal Causes (Rebus #6):
I have never known much about the Protestant vs. Catholic fighting in Northern Ireland. So it was new ground for me to read a crime novel focused on paramilitarism/terrorism in Scotland and Northern Ireland. This book has stoked my interest and will probably result in my reading some histories on the topic, if I can find the time.
The story is one of Rankin's best so far in the Rebus series. Rankin has clearly settled in with strong ideas of who John Rebus is, and therefore can write clearer stories. It's also clear to me that Rankin is perfecting the art of being a crime novelists. The twists and turns are less predictable. The solution of the case is no longer a miraculous epiphany but involves real detective work and information that the reader can understand and piece together.
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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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