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Rather Be the Devil : John Rebus : Book 21 - Ian Rankin

Rather Be the Devil

John Rebus : Book 21

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Some cases never leave you.

For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria's killer has never been found.

Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?

In a tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries, Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best.

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3.0

I will read again.

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  • Engaging characters

Cons

  • Not What I Expected

Best Uses

  • Older Readers

Comments about Rather Be the Devil:

Read at night before bed.

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4.0

Another corker from Ian Rankin

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  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Rather Be the Devil:

    I am a great fan of Ian Rankin's Rebus series. I especially enjoyed the previous novel Even Dogs in the Wild (I think) and found this a little less satisfying. It is still a great read. Always good to catch up with Edinburgh, since I am familiar with the city and Rankin evokes it so well. One wonders how long the police force will put up with Rebus as a pensioned-off cop, especially as his health seems to be failing, but I will always be a fan.

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    Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best. * CHALLENGER * Clever and compelling. * INDEPENDENT i * The 21st Rebus novel boasts effortless plotting and a cracking narrative that keeps the reader gripped throughout. * DAILY EXPRESS * This may be Rebus's 21st outing, but this is a cleverly crafted tale and Ian Rankin's storytelling is as fresh as ever. * IRISH NEWS * Rather Be The Devil is an intricate, evocative Edinburgh mystery that builds to a bloody finale. Retirement may not suit Rebus but it's resulted in yet another brilliant book in Rankin's revived crime series. * CRIME SCENE * This is an interesting and enjoyable novel. * LITERARY REVIEW * Essential crime-reading. * SAGA * Rankin is expert at what theorists of realism call the authenticating detail. * SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY * This elegantly crafted and witty thriller proves this old devil still has all the best tunes. * SUNDAY MIRROR * Though it moves at pace, what makes this tale so satisfying is that its protagonists have had time to develop. Rebus's input serves to highlight the benefits of age, experience and keeping a sense of community. * GUARDIAN * Superbly told, impossible to put down, and laced with Rankin's unmistakeable laconic wit it precisely underlines the treasure that Rebus has become. * DAILY MAIL *

    Ian Rankin

    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, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

    Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award for '
    Resurrection Men'. He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis.

    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'. He recently received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

    Visit Ian Rankin's Booktopia Author Page


    ISBN: 9781409159414
    ISBN-10: 1409159418
    Series: John Rebus
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 3rd November 2016
    Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 2.4
    Weight (kg): 0.42
    Edition Number: 1