Someone knows where the bodies are buried...
''Taut, dark and expertly crafted tale'' [GUARDIAN] from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES
''No one in Britain writes better crime novels today'' Evening Standard
Retirement doesn''t suit John Rebus. He wasn''t made for hobbies, holidays or home improvements. Being a cop is in his blood.
So when DI Siobhan Clarke asks for his help on a case, Rebus doesn''t need long to consider his options.
Clarke''s been investigating the death of a senior lawyer whose body was found along with a threatening note. On the other side of Edinburgh, Big Ger Cafferty - Rebus''s long-time nemesis - has received an identical note and a bullet through his window.
Now it''s up to Clarke and Rebus to connect the dots and stop a killer.
Even Dogs in the Wild brings back Ian Rankin''s greatest characters in a story exploring the darkest corners of our instincts and desires.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
It’s double the fun when crime writer Ian Rankin brings together John Rebus and Malcolm Fox. The retired police inspector and his former rival—who’s now languishing behind a DCI desk—join forces to investigate the murder of a lord and lawyer and its connection to a threatening note received by gangster Big Ger Cafferty. Rankin brings together a particularly strong cast of characters for Rebus’ encore—Even Dogs in the Wild is suspenseful, surprising and witty.
In Rankin's uneven 21st John Rebus novel (after 2013's Saints of the Shadow Bible), the Edinburgh police hire the retired cop in a "consultative capacity" to work with former partner Siobhan Clarke on the murder of Lord Minton, a lawyer found beaten to death. It looks like a home invasion until the police find a note: "I'm going to kill you for what you did." A similar note is received by Edinburgh crime boss "Big Ger" Cafferty, shortly before someone takes a shot at Cafferty. Some Glaswegian gangsters moving into Edinburgh at the start causes some confusion, and Malcolm Fox, the lead of another Rankin series, appears on the scene. Fox, who's now a detective and no longer with Complaints (Scotland's Internal Affairs), may be meant as a kind of Rebus alter ego, but he's just too milquetoast to hold any interest. When Rankin finally gets to his real narrative, involving a former home for juvenile delinquents, the pace picks up considerably. Fans will hope for a return to form next time.