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Rather be the devil por Ian Rankin
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Rather be the devil (edição 2016)

por Ian Rankin (Autor)

Séries: Malcolm Fox (6), Inspector Rebus (21)

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For John Rebus, 40 years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. She was murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, and 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?… (mais)
Membro:steg.org.uk
Título:Rather be the devil
Autores:Ian Rankin (Autor)
Informação:Orion (2017), Edition: 01, 384 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:crime fiction

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Rebus is retired. So is Big Ger Cafferty. But in both cases, this retirement may be only theoretical. Rebus is asking questions about a cold case in which a woman was murdered at a hotel the same day as a famous rock star’s comeback concert, and Cafferty seems to have a hand in the beating of a gangster who’s looking to muscle in on Cafferty’s turf. Rebus, Clarke, and Fox are all back together again to solve both these crimes.

It’s hard to come up with words beyond “hurray, this is another great Rebus book”. I love the dynamics between Rebus, Clarke, and Fox: their group is a great blend of personalities that help get the job done. Fox is becoming more well-rounded too. I think I’m going to have to re-read The Complaints and The Impossible Dead now that I like him better.

One fun moment in this book, a nice bit of reading synchronicity, was the scene where Rebus goes to interview the famous rock star and brings a record of theirs to get signed. He brings it in a bag from Bruce’s Record Shop in Edinburgh, which was mentioned in Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop as one of several beloved record shops in Scotland.

Recommended if you’ve been enjoying the series. You could also in theory pick up the series with this one, if you were feeling rebellious. ( )
  rabbitprincess | May 15, 2021 |
Bit messy although some good stuff in there - found it a bit hard to follow..... ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
John Rebus is still in the "retired police that can't stop being police" mode and gets himself involved in whatever DI Fox or DI Clarke are up to. Plus cold cases. And I'm starting to wonder how many people can die in Edinburgh every year. It's a very bad place to live it seems.

Fox got a promotion before this book started and suddenly find himself working out of Glasgow which puts some strain on his relationship with the old guys in Edinburgh, but being one that never been liked much, he doesn't seem to suffer that much.

It's a rather ordinary Rebus book. As I wrote about the previous book, Rebus is an easier-going person now and that makes him more likable but maybe less interesting. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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Clarke nodded towards the figure striding across the foyer. She waved, and Rebus noticed her. He offered a curt nod and signaled with his hand that there'd be a phone call later. Then he was out of the automatic doors and gone.

'What was all that about' Fox asked.

'I think it means trouble for someone,' Clarke answered. 'Been a while since I saw him with that look in his eyes...'

WHAT'S RATHER BE THE DEVIL ABOUT?
Darryl Christie is savagely beaten in front of his own house and Clarke jumps onto the case. He didn't see his attacker/attackers, and there were no witnesses. Cafferty's name has to be on the suspect list, and as luck would have it—John Rebus calls at that moment for a small favor. As much as Clarke would love to go up against Cafferty, everyone knows that Rebus would get better results. So she trades favors with him.

Malcolm Fox is soon assigned to the Christie case, too—and then something else happens that requires their attention. Clarke, Fox, and Rebus find themselves in the middle of a messy tangle of crimes that are decades old, in progress, brutal and old school, or high-tech and almost hard to fully grasp.

REBUS
He's dealing with COPD, carrying an inhaler, not smoking (and is handling that about as well as you can expect), and not drinking. Well...okay, not drinking that much. He's trying to be the good retired man that he's supposed to be. But sometimes walking the dog and trying to be healthy just isn't enough...so when he starts telling Deborah Quant an interesting story about a murder that happened in the hotel above the restaurant they were dining in*, he can't keep his curiosity in check and has to see if he can finally close the case. If only for his own amusement.

* because where can they go where he doesn't know an interesting story about a murder committed on or near the premises? And, who but Quant would listen?

And then once this turns into an opportunity to lock horns with Cafferty again? And maybe help his friends/protégés take Christie down before he can become as strong as Cafferty was? Well, this certainly beats counting flowers on the wall.

I really love the fact that so much of this book depends on Rebus needing something to do to keep his mind occupied. As nice as it would be for him to find peace with his dog and Quant—and maybe enjoying time as a grandfather, that's just not Rebus. This kind of thing is so much better for him.

Works out well for we readers, too.

SIOBHAN CLARKE
I really think she got the short-end (again). She's a better police detective than Rebus or Fox, and while it's believable that the brass will overlook her to give Fox the promotion, it's regrettable that Rankin does almost the same.

Rebus and Fox get up to all sorts antics, hiding a lot of it from her—at least until they're done with them—so she won't stop them. She doesn't play things wholly by the book, but compared to Rebus (as always) and (increasingly) Fox, she's a model officer.

Still, when she's going toe-to-toe with Christie or his family, or his henchmen? She's fantastic. I just got wish we got more of her. Maybe Rankin figures we know all we need to know about her, and we're still trying to figure Malcolm out?

MALCOLM FOX
After what happened to him in the last book, he's given a nice promotion to the Major Crimes Division of Police Scotland. A promotion he takes, but knows he doesn't deserve, while Clarke does. Clarke knows it, too (and is having a hard time not resenting him getting it). His superiors are hoping the situation with Christie will put them in a situation where they can take him down—and more importantly, a couple of his allies with him, so he's sent back to Edinburgh to be their man on the ground. He does all he can to keep Clarke involved, which helps their relationship a degree.

It turns out that Christie has a tie to Fox's sister, Jude, and is working that for all it's worth. Between that and his willingness to involve Rebus far and above what he should be, Fox is coloring outside the lines that used to define him so clearly. Which is good for this case, but is that really going to serve him long-term?

BIG GER
If you can't keep a good man down, how do you explain Morris Gerald Cafferty?

SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT RATHER BE THE DEVIL?
I loved the way the cold case resolved. I enjoyed just about everything about the Christie beating story (including what Fox was really there to take care of) and how that took care of itself. And generally, I just really liked being in this world again.

At this point, all I have are smallish gripes (as expressed above) and general expressions of satisfaction and enjoyment. I wish I had some deeper thoughts to offer, but I really don't. I just like these books and am impressed with the ways that Rankin has found to keep Rebus active. Now if he can just keep him alive... ( )
  hcnewton | Sep 3, 2020 |
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For John Rebus, 40 years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. She was murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, and 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?

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