Fleshmarket Close

Fleshmarket Close

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An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme: a racist attack, or something else entirely? Rebus is drawn into the case, but has other problems: his old police station has closed for business, and his masters would rather he retire than stick around. But Rebus is the most stubborn of creatures. As Rebus investigates, he must visit an asylum-seekers' detention centre, deal with the sleazy Edinburgh underworld, and maybe even fall in love...Siobhan meanwhile has problems of her own. A teenager has disappeared from home and Siobhan is drawn into helping the family, which will mean travelling closer than is healthy towards the web of a convicted rapist. Then there's the small matter of the two skeletons - a woman and an infant - found buried beneath a concrete cellar floor in Fleshmarket Close. The scene begins to look like an elaborate stunt - but whose, and for what purpose? And how can it tie to the murder on the unforgiving housing-scheme known as Knoxland?show more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 45.72mm | 839.14g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752851128
  • 9780752851129

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'Another year and another surefire bestseller for Britain's No1 crime writer, Ian Rankin' -- Andrea Henry DAILY MIRROR ' A powerful book, brimming with genuine social comment' -- Rab Anderson SUNDAY EXPRESS - 4 Star Review 'A powerful writer, able to marry social and political issues of the day with a rattling good read' -- Elizabeth Buie GLASGOW HERALD 'Of the new breed of crime writers, no one writes more gripping stories than Rankin; his imagination peopls Edinburgh the way Balzac's fantasy did Paris. The scenes which emerge...are the product of a troubling imagination and a probing intellect which uses the crime genre to examine aspects of life, especially contemporary Scottish life, that politicians prefer to ignore' -- Joseph Farrell TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 'Rankin at his best, recalling Dickens both in the vigour and ambition of their social portraiture and in their campaigning thrust' -- John Dugdale SUNDAY TIMES 'This is Ian Rankin's 16th (sic) Rebus novel and, unusually for such a long-running series, it is the later ones that are the best' -- Aileen Reid SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Unmissable' -- Alex Gordon PETERBOROUGH TELEGRAPH 'When it comes to complex storylines that hook you in, churn you up and spit you out, nobody does it better' -- Shari Low DAILY RECORD 'Rankin has clearly been grooming the enigmatic DS Siobhan Clarke to take over as hero, but the cynical old soak Rebus won't leave, which is good news for the reader...With author and characters on such good form, there is no need for Rebus to go quite yet' -- Marcel Berlins THE TIMES 'As always, Rankin proves himself the master of his own milieu. He brings the dark underside of Edinburgh deliciously to life. Rankin never puts a foot wrong' -- Tom Kyle DAILY MAIL 'It's another Rebus novel you can't put down, and Rankin at his most powerful' CHOICE 'Ironic, exiting and immediate. The plot is resourceful; characterisation sharp; humour as unexpected as a rug jerked from under your feet. Despite the wear and tear, Rebus has never looked in better shape; a long, long way, I'd have thought, from retirement' -- Philip Oakes LITERARY REVIEW 'Rankin's best novel yet and that's saying something#' -- Peter Guttridge THE OBSERVER 'Works on every level, with Rankin not only delivery a superior mystery but finding ample opportunity to delivery highly evocative comments on uglier aspects of contemporary Western European society' -- George Byrne DUBLIN EVENING HERALD 'Ian Rankin is a master of page-turning plot and gritty detail, with each narrative delving deeper into the dark side of human nature and of present day Edinburgh... Recommended' -- Paula Shields IRISH EXAMINER 'Rankin is a craftsman, but far from escapism, this is an uncomfortable read, reflecting only too well the nastiness of our society' GLASGOW EVENING TIMES 'Ian Rankin's plotting is steady and compulsive...And while you just know Rebus is always going to get his man, the moral areas between good and evil are realistically hazy' -- Mark Robertson THE LIST (GLASGOW & EDINBURGH) 'As ever, Rankin is superb' -- John Major MAIL ON SUNDAY - Christmas Books 'Rankin's prose is striking and he is invariably evocative and insightful. There's also a genuine and powerful righteous anger permeating Fleshmarket Cose, with its depictions of social exclusion, contemporary squalor and corruption tainting the powerful' TRIBUNE 'As always, the dialogue is witty, the Edinburgh locations evocative and REbus' laconic observations and encylopedic knowledge of rock music are amusing and interesting. As well the plot delivers some good twists and surprises. Highly recommended' DEADLY PLEASURESshow more

About Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin was born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960. In 1997 he was awarded the Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction for Black and Blue. His subsequent Rebus novels have all been international bestsellers. He lives with his wife and two sons in Edinburgh. In 2003, Ian received an OBE for his services to literature.show more

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7,235 ratings
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4 48% (3,457)
3 22% (1,623)
2 3% (192)
1 0% (36)
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