Mortal Causes

Mortal Causes

Book - 1997 | St. Martin's Paperbacks ed.
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At the height of the nationalist festival, Inspector John Rebus investigates a particularly cruel murder and travels from Edinburgh's most violent neighborhood to Belfast, where he confronts criminals of all sorts. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave
In Edinburgh you're never far from a peaceful spot, or from a hellish one either. Now, in the heart of summer, in the midst of a nationalist festival, Inspector John Rebus is on the murder case of a young man left hanging in a spot where his screams would never be heard. To find the victim's identity--and his killer--Rebus searches from Edinburgh's most violent neighborhood to Belfast, Northern Ireland--amongst petty thugs, gunrunners, and heavyweight criminals. But before Rebus can get to the truth, he's bloodied by the dream of society's madmen--and staring into the glint of a killer's eyes.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 1997, c1994.
Edition: St. Martin's Paperbacks ed.
ISBN: 9780312960940
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 17 cm.


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A bit more gruesome than Rankin's usual fare but gives us an interesting military background for Rebus and some early on the ground insight into the Irish troubles as they leaked into Scotland's crime scene. It is a shame now north american funding for this civil war kept the violence going. A good read as always.

Feb 08, 2012

It was okay but I didn't like it nearly as much as the previous one. Maybe it was because Holmes and Clark, Rebus's sidekicks, were basically absent in this one

Oct 24, 2007

Great detective story.


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