Book Review – Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankine…

Some cases never leave you.For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria’s killer has never been found.
Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?
I was given an ARC by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I’ve heard of Rebus and watched the TV show, but have never before read one of the books.
He is a gritty character who seems unable to let go of his life as a policeman. He is gruff but he cares a great deal about the people in his life. He is a strong protagonist who definitely gives the book a strong sense of realism.
As the story progresses, I feel like I have known Rebus and the other characters as well for much longer than I have. That is testament to the descriptive skills of the author. Everything is so alive.
The cases that are the backbone of this story are so cleverly woven together that they seem to become just one. As a newbie to Ian Rankine’s writing, I’m pretty impressed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading his other work.
A five out of five star read.
I’m profoundly grateful to NetGalley and Orion for my copy.

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