Book Review: Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin
Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin
Scottish writer Ian Rankin brings back, after a five year break, with his ever-popular character Detective Inspector John Rebus. Working on cold cases that involve people who have disappeared in his typical confrontational style, he quickly finds himself in trouble with the Internal Affairs Unit, who expect their officers to play by the rules. Malcolm Fox is in charge of this unit and fans of Ian Rankin will delight that these two very different characters get to clash in this well-crafted novel. Of course, Rebus isn’t interested in playing by any rules, he is only interested in finding out the truth – a truth that will lead him to finding the link in what appears to be a series of unrelated cases initially.
It’s wonderful to read a new novel with Rebus back at centre stage. He’s as stubborn and old-fashioned as ever, with a tendency to drink too much and confront people without thinking, but he’s also an incredibly well-formed and interesting main character, and extremely likeable despite his obvious foibles. Ian Rankin retired Rebus five years – he’s a character who ages in real life – but new Scottish law has allowed him to bring him back. I hope it isn’t the last we see of him!