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 that 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

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 112 x 174 x 38mm | 258.55g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752865633
  • 9780752865638
  • 698,927

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'Rankin makes sure (the Rebus novels) move with his society, growing into a richly-plotted and densely-textured portrait of modern Scotland and its ills' THE INDEPENDENT 'A compelling, thought-provoking narrative of modern urban life' SUNDAY TIMES 'Gripping' DAILY EXPRESS 'A new Inspector Rebus novel is always worth celebrating...The tightly structured plot - this time revolving around the illicit trafficking of asylum seekers - is another plus. Thoughtful, topical and edgy' -- Christina Koning THE TIMES 'Rankin's 15th Edinburgh-based Rebus mystery shows he's as sharp and chilling as ever' DAILY MIRROR 'typically intelligent, complex and extremely gripping novel' WOMAN & HOME 'Another cracker from Ian Rankin' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Rankin has no equal when it comes to revealing human prejudices, fear and ignorance' GOOD BOOK GUIDEshow 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 thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide. 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 Anthony Award in the USA, 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, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University. A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a number one bestseller in the UK and has 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.show more

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4 48% (3,643)
3 22% (1,681)
2 3% (199)
1 1% (40)
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