This is my review of the book Exit Music by Ian Rankin which I have read recently. I like a lot of the population have loved reading Ian's books about Inspector Rebus, and for this reason have had the book on my shelf for many months, waiting for the right time to read and enjoy it. This Christmas time has been the right time.
The plot line is complex, yet certainly to me entirely believable. It is all about Russian money, a G8 summit at Gleaneagles, wealthy bankers and potential bribery of officials, drugs and of course the odd murder or two. What a wonderful mix and into this is the fact that Inspector Rebus is about to retire and only has a few more days left in the force.
When Inspector rebus starts asking questions of those officials at the highest level in government and banking circles, ripples start flying everywhere and soon the repercussions on Rebus not to rock the boat are so strong that he forced to hand in his warrant card early.
Now the story takes an interesting twist can our famous inspector solve the crime now he is not a policeman. Fortunately he has a good team that can help him and with the wonders of mobile phones the case progresses.
It does have a very good series of twists and turns in the plot line that add to the story. Other reviewers have said that it is “The best crime novel you'll read this year” and I can't disagree with that. To say much more would start to spoil the plot line.
So with that I will record that this was a really good read as book 16 week 13 fiction 14 (audio books 3) non fiction 2
Friends this is my review of the book Blood Hunt by Ian Rankin, which I read recently. This was originally written as a Jack Harvey Novel.
The star of the book is Gordon Reeve, an ex SAS solder, who now runs survival courses for wealthy city dwellers in the wilds of Scotland. Sadly he gets a phone call to say that his brother a reporter has been found dead in his car in San Diego - the car was locked from the inside, a gun in his hand.
Gordon flies out to America to identify the body, and soon comes to realise that his brother has in fact been murdered. After the funeral and back in Scotland he finds out that there have been more visitors than usual to his house and his home has been bugged by professionals.
Gordon sets out to find out why his brother was killed and what he was investigating. In doing so he finds that his past in the SAS comes back to haunt him. He now finds that he is fighting for his and his families life.
It is a good and gripping story – sort of Rebus on steroids. Ian manages to deliver the suspense and excitement of the chase really well.
Well this I think was my last Jack Harvey novel that Ian has written and was an enjoyable read as book 7 week 5 fiction 7 (audio book 2) non fiction 0
Friends this is my review of the book Bleeding Hearts by Ian Rankin, which I read recently. The observant will notice that this is book 52, and it is week 39. It has taken me slightly longer this time to get to through the books, as I have been very busy over the last few months, and not really had much time to read.
Still that is enough of me and back to the book. This book was written a few years ago by Ian, and I am sorry to say has been sitting on my bookshelf unread until now.It is another story about an assassin, but here the twist is that not only are the police and private detectives trying to find the assassin, but the assassin himself is trying to find out who has employed him, as someone phoned the police telling them that the assassination attempt would take place.
The question is who will find their quarry first. It is an exciting story, with a believable plot line, that moves from Scotland to America. It picks up a secretive new age cult and some branch of the American secret service along the way.
There is a very amusing part with a road blockage and a caravan on the narrow Scottish roads. Our heroes solution of sorting the matter with a gun, certainly offers and original solution to being held up.
So this was a good book to end my run of reading 52 books on, which covered 39 weeks. 48 of the books were fiction, and 4 non fiction. I wonder how long it will take me to read my next 52 books.
Friends this is my review of the book Witch Hunt by Ian Rankin. This is another book that has sat on my book shelf for a number of years. (It had actually got pushed to the back and only came to life on sorting them out).
Unintentionally I seem to be following a hit person story line theme, as Witch Hunt is all about the chase to try and catch an assassin, given the code name of witch. The chase starts in the Kent coast, with a couple of linked murders on both sides of the channel, moves up to Scotland and then off to Europe. There are a number of British agencies all looking for her. Scotland yard, MI5, and the “Witch expert” Dominic Elder.
They slowly follow the trail she has created across Europe trying to gather clues as to who will be her next target. It is assumed that it will be someone at the major conference taking place in London. But the question is who?
Gradually just like pealing the layers off an onion more is revealed about the Witch's past giving insight on what she will do next. The story splits in two giving the Witches side as well as the pursuers. To say much more would spoil the plot, as it is full of mystery and intrigue, but it is certainly a page turner.
This is an interesting well thought out generally believable story. Ian Rankin originally wrote this under the name of Jack Harvey, and it does make a nice change from his normal Edinburgh crime novels.
This was book 50 week 37 fiction 46 (12 on audio) non fiction 4
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