Rather Be the Devil

Rather Be the Devil

eBook - 2017
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Detective Inspector John Rebus investigates a cold case that has turned red hot once again.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
ISBN: 9780316466271
Characteristics: 1 online resource (320 pages)
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Jul 01, 2019

I wonder if there is a police force anywhere that is going to let a not very popular retired detective wander in and out of their police stations and their current and cold cases? Seemed like a ridiculous plot. I think he should have stopped Rebus when he retired Rebus.

This is an interim read, it connects characters from previous novels and closes some of the loops, however, the plot is weak and meandering. This is not a novel that will hold up over time but is fine for long time Rebus fans

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jul 28, 2017

All is not well for our beloved Rebus. He's been pensioned off the force, has adopted a dog (from the previous tale) AND quit smoking. On the bright side, he's been able to maintain his relationship w/Deb Quant! A date with the lovely Ms. Quant brings to mind memory of a cold case and he's off to the races. The latest entry in the long running series does not disappoint; Rebus, Clarke and Fox are a great team!

rb3221 May 01, 2017

The 21st Rebus novel, with Rebus being retired but still found in the middle of a cold case with his former co-workers and friends Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox. And in the middle of it all is Big Ger Cafferty at 'war' with one of his former disciples Darryl Christie.
There are lots of threads and interconnecting strands in the complex solving of this case. A very satisfying and enjoyable read, especially if you are a Rebus fan. Recommended.

Feb 24, 2017

When I started reading this book, I wondered if I was going to be interested in reading about aging gangsters in Edinburgh fighting over turf while, an aging, sick detective, trying to solve a cold case murder case, returns to work unofficially with his past buddy detectives. I guess it was the engaging conversation among the characters that had me smiling that retained my interest as I read about the methods of money laundering and financial dealings relating to empty shell companies - the cause of the gang warfare. Rebus is quite sick in this novel coughing up all sorts of bloody globs of muscus, the result of too much lifetime smoking. I wonder if he'll make it to the next novel.

Feb 22, 2017

Read the book beginning to end. The story was somewhat suspenseful, but the action uneven, plodding, confusing, forgettable and readily forgotten. Expected more from this author.

AuntJane Feb 16, 2017

I am an avid Ian Rankin fan, and was so happy to have a new Rebus story! I think it is great how he has melded the 3 characters together in one story, and the addition of Cafferty was a bonus! A fun read. Loved it!

melish Feb 12, 2017

I am trying hard to read this Rebus book in the hard cover version. I may just give up and purchase the ebook because it is do easy to get the definitions for British and/or Scottish words and acronyms. And I look up every address that is mentioned as I easily mentally travel around Edinburgh and Scotland. I have physically visited some of the locations but somehow missed the sinister aspect the Rebus sees.

The characters are such a mix of good and bad, rather like normal people just a little "badder" than anyone I know. How does Rankin get us to like all the characters in some way and to chuckle inside at how life pulls at them?

As in all detective stories there is an abundance of murders, drips of blood and surprisingly mortal tools. How great that there is always something to look forward toward.

Feb 05, 2017

What's not to like! Vintage Rebus! Great story. Thanks Ian Rankin!
Though I found it a bit stretched that a retired police officer could get around so much but that's Rebus for you! Love conflict between Rebus and Cafferty. Hope there's a next book!

Jan 30, 2017

The plot is scattered, and not in a great way. But I am a Rebus fan and I will keep reading them as long as Rankin keeps cranking them out. I really wonder if he didn't try and distance himself from Rebus, and found it didn't work out very well . . . monetarily speaking?? Just saying--he seems to be a bit tired of his hero.

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