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   Set In Darkness

Set In Darkness
by Ian Rankin

Category: Fiction / Crime
415 pages; ISBN: 0752821296

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Luke Croll

Review

Rebus returns and he is still at home in Edinburgh. It is the return of the Scottish parliament and feelings are running high. DI Rebus is to be a liaison officer for the Parliament, based in Queensberry House, where a youth was once said to have been roasted to death on a spit by a madman.

The fireplace where the boy died is found and a more recent victim is discovered at the same time. In the gardens, a third body is uncovered and this one is a prospective MSP. Investigating, Rebus finds himself up against dangerous criminals and he comes to discover that there is big money at stake in Scotland`s independence.

As soon as I discovered Ian Rankin, I was hooked. I read each book he produced and have since gone back and read some of the older Rebus novels. So far, I have not been let down and I am pleased to say that `Set In Darkness` is no exception.

As Rankin goes from strength to strength, so does hard-drinking Inspector Rebus. I did not think that Rankin could have developed him any more, yet he still manages it. With Rebus having a relationship and another policeman to juggle, he shows greater depths and develops more than I thought possible.

The plot is excellent and Rankin throws out lots of little strands, before finally linking them all at the end to form a conclusion, which is satisfying and lets us know that Rankin is not finished with his Scottish policeman yet.

If you are an Inspector Rebus fan, this is a superb novel and in my opinion, it could well be Rankin`s best one to date. He certainly knows what he is writing about and I have to say that I felt sad when I finished this book, as I know that I`ve got a whole year to wait before another one turns up. Roll on next year!

 

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