George V. Reilly

Review: The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden
Title: The Hanging Garden
Author: Ian Rankin
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur
Copyright: 1998
Pages: 349
Keywords: crime, fiction
Reading period: 20–21 July, 2008

DI John Rebus is struggling with an incipient gang war in Edinburgh. He’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing an elderly academic who might be a Nazi war criminal. A Bosnian prostitute has brought out the white knight in him. His personal life is a mess: He’s off the booze, but work is the only thing keeping him going. And his daughter has been run down in the street, perhaps as a warning to him.

Rebus somehow struggles with all of this, coming out more or less victorious, but at a cost to his integrity and his loved ones.

Rec­om­mend­ed.

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