Monday, August 29, 2016
Review of Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin (2015, Orion)
Even Dogs in the Wild is the twentieth book in the Rebus series. One problem with long-running series is maintaining the freshness of the plots and interest in the characters. Rankin suffers neither problem. In this outing the plot consists of two separate investigations – an incursion into Edinburgh by a Glasgow-based gang and the deaths of a lawyer, a lottery winner and a potshot at crime boss, Big Ger Cafferty. What joins the two plot lines are the involvement of principle characters of DI Clarke, DI Fox, recently retired Rebus, and Cafferty, and good old fashioned detective work. Rankin keeps the parallel stories both ticking along at a clip and nicely balances the investigations with the evolving relationships between the characters. The result is an entertaining and enjoyable police procedural that taps into current events and the exposure of past ones. The only bit that felt a little underdeveloped was the end, which seemed to tail off and left untold the aftermath and fallout of the cases. Nonetheless, another strong addition to the series.