Even Dogs in the Wild

Even Dogs in the Wild

Large Print - 2016
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Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is investigating the death of a senior lawyer during a robbery. But the case becomes more complex when a note is discovered, indicating that this may have been no random attack, and when local gangster Big Ger Cafferty receives an identical message, Clarke decides that the recently retired John Rebus may be able to help. He's the only man Cafferty will open up to, and together the two old adversaries might just stand a chance of saving Cafferty's skin.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9781410485311
Characteristics: 617 pages ;,23 cm.


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I like following Rebus into his retirement and lack of adjustment. This is a fun read for those who have been reading the series from the first Rebus novels, maybe not so interesting for those starting with Rankin's latter works. I like that they are working with newer technology and police detection tools as Rebus eventually has to evolve with the times if he wants to keep his hand in police work. This is a timely story of institutional child abuse and my heart ached reading the father's letter to his son at the end of the book.

Nov 29, 2017

Ian Rankin is a master writer. This one is good, but not great. Shallow side characters and the main charc. all running around in circles. This one is kinda like 'Broadchurch' where, literally each individual has a reason for the killings... "When Davie left, his legs were weaker then ever..."

But still worth a read, kinda of treat it as a DIY detective book, "Can you figure out how it all plays out in the end? I was 80%, but as usual a 'complete left turn' at the end..

Apr 02, 2017

You either love Rankin or you don't. This is not one of his best but he does try to bring the lives of other key characters more to the foreground, which I appreciated.

Jan 20, 2017

I struggled to care who the bad people were and the good guys are boring - nothing happens for three quarters of the book and the story is predictable from beginning to end. What a tedious read.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Nov 07, 2016

Rebus has finally retired, but is drawn back in when killings begin to happen and his old enemy Cafferty appears to be on the hit list. Ghosts from the past abound in this latest offering by Ian Rankin.

Oct 07, 2016

Irreverant. Honorable. Unapologetic. Loyal. Cynical. Persistant. That’s John Rebus. Even though he’s retired from the Edinburgh police force, John is still critical to a murder investigation.

Aug 22, 2016

I liked this Rebus/Clarke/Fox police story. It is a great series and this book shows there is still a lot of life left in it. Love the Edinburgh setting and descriptions.

rb3221 Jun 02, 2016

A great novel by Rankin with his hero Rebus, now retired but re-hired as a consultant and working with Siobhan Clarke, Malcolm Fox, and even Big Ger Cafferty.
It is a well written novel with a good organized plot, a page - turner and hard to put down. I didn't want it to end. Read it.

May 17, 2016

Rankin and Rebus never fail to entertain, and this one is no exception. Perhaps a few too many ancillary characters for my liking, but this is an excellent read. Rebus' character seems to be mellowing a bit, and the storyline involving past friends and foes adds some spice, and expands the future possibilities.

May 16, 2016

Even though you might ferret it out the murderer of one of the victims, Rankin still creates a great mystery, filled with interesting characters.

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