The Falls

The Falls

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A student has gone missing in Edinburgh. She's not just any student, though, but the daughter of well-to-do and influential bankers. There's almost nothing to go on until DI John Rebus gets an unmistakable gut feeling that there's more to this than just another runaway spaced out on unaccustomed freedom. Two leads emerge: a carved wooden doll in a toy coffin, found in the student's home village, and an Internet role-playing game. The ancient and the modern, brought together by uncomfortable circumstance ...'Rankin continues to be unsurpassed among living British crime writers...He makes the reader feel part of the scene, and enhances the experience with his virtuosity with dialogue ...But all these virtues would count for little if Rankin didn't also possess the most important asset of them all - the ability to tell a damned good story' The Timesshow more

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 114 x 178 x 40mm | 300g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0752844059
  • 9780752844053

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This 12th Inspector Rebus novel is one of the most substantial - and one of the most accomplished. The complexity of the plotting here affords subtle pleasures that perfectly complement the customary grittiness, and the scene-setting is as sure-footed as ever. Of course, the acclaim garnered by Rankin's Edinburgh-set crime novels has set high standards for the author to maintain. How does he keep his laconic copper John Rebus from merely repeating the tics and tricks of earlier books? Thankfully, Rankin's commitment to Rebus is clearly as strong as ever, and this is the most striking novel in quite a while, with the detective's private life cannily sidelined in order to focus on a highly involving (and topical) plot. A student has vanished in Edinburgh, and the pressure is on Rebus to track her down, particularly as she is the daughter of a family of moneyed bankers. Of course, this is more than just an instance of a spoilt rich girl shrugging off family responsibilities, and a carved wooden doll in a coffin found in her home village leads Rebus to the Internet role-playing game that she was involved in. And when DC Siobhan Clarke, one of Rebus's most valued team members, tackles the Virtual Quizmaster, Rebus has to save her from the same fate as the missing girl. All the fingerprints of Rankin's best work are evident in this tight and beguiling thriller. A considerable plus is the welcome development of Siobhan Clarke as a powerfully realized character in Rankin's arsenal - we are quite as concerned with her dangerous situation as we are with Rebus's bushel of problems, and the tension is maintained whichever character is centre stage. (Kirkus UK)show more

About 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 more

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