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Mortal Causes (Inspector Rebus, #6)Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ian Rankin does not let down his fans. Another Rebus thriller. Rebus against the forces in Ulster trying to help the fight between the Oranges and Greens in Ireland, but supplying them with arms and ammunition.

He is helped by his usual helpers Siobhan and others. He is temporarily posted to Fettes where he encounters a burly policeman whose brother goes underground to investigate the arms smuggling. He ends up on the wrong side of this burly policeman and is almost crushed by him.

The Gar-B the impoverished section of Edinburgh plays a prominent role in this novel and Rebus visiting it more than once and once ends up being battered.

Of course in the end Rebus manages to track down the perpetrators, thanks to his obstinacy and unconventional methods.

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Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus, #10)Dead Souls by Ian Rankin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another page turner from the master of Scottish thrillers, more specifically Edinburgh thrillers. Book has four threads.

The first one is a missing person which Rebus tries to solve because of personal connects with the parents of the missing person. The mother has been an ex of Rebus during his high school days.

The second thread is about a pedophile who has been released after the period of his incarceration and has been settled among others in the society. Rebus tries to get him hounded out of Edinburgh by notifying the press about his presence and is almost successful.

The third thread is about a criminal whom the States has repatriated to Edinburgh as they are unable to pin most of the crimes against him. This person has a prior record in Edinburgh and nobody is happy about him coming back to Edinburgh, except for the press which wishes to take advantage of the situation and wishes to make a killing. Jim Stevens who has rubbed Rebus the wrong way around in other books is the one to latch on to an exclusive set of interview sessions with the criminal.

The fourth thread is the suicide of a colleague of Rebus.

Rankin manages to weave the four threads, through the common subject Rebus, and manages to keep the reader glued to the pages till the very end when after a series of twists and turns all the four threads converge and a fitting denouement.

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Let It Bleed (Inspector Rebus, #7)Let It Bleed by Ian Rankin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another classic from the master storyteller. Keeps one engrossed from the first page to the last page. Intrigues one with the idiosyncrasies of John Rebus.

The daughter of the Lord Provost of Scotland disappears mysteriously.

Two teenagers chased by the police, (Rebus is one of them) for plausible kidnapping of the girl in question, commit suicide by jumping of a bridge onto a frigate that is passing by below the bridge. Rebus find a business proposal under the bed of one teenager along with paraphernalia associated with drug usage.

An ex-con who is released from the jail goes and shoots himself with a sawed of shotgun in front of a Scottish Councillor. Rebus visits the residence of the Councillor and finds him shredding some documents with help from his wife.

These incidences provoke Rebus to start a private investigation without the blessings of his bosses. He is ordered to take an holiday by his seniors without being directly told to not probe further into these incidents.

Rebus is unable to keep quite and continues with his digging into the incidents. It leads him huge financial frauds that have been committed by the people placed high in the various social organizations of Scotland.

How he goes about linking the events in his inimical way rubbing all the right people the wrong way, jeopardizing his own career and those of others around him is worth the read.

Not sure what the intention of the author was in naming the book “Let it Bleed”. At a trivial level Rebus has his dentist drill a hole to let the abscess in his mouth bleed.

A more serious interpretation could refer to the attitude of people high up in the Scottish social organizations who are ready to bleed the organizations under the false pretext of improving employment in Scotland while lining their own profits that accrue via these companies.

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