George V. Reilly

Review: Fleshmarket Close

Fleshmarket Close
Title: Flesh­mar­ket Close
Author: Ian Rankin
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Orion
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 484
Keywords: crime, fiction
Reading period: 14–16 March, 2009

DI John Rebus in­ves­ti­gates the murder of an illegal immigrant, who had ties to asylum seekers in Edinburgh. DS Siobhan Clarke looks into the dis­ap­pear­ance of a teenaged girl; soon, the rapist of the girl’s sister is murdered.

Rebus and Siobhan struggle with the uglier side of life in Edinburgh, notably, racism, latter-day slavery, and the increasing numbers of asylum seekers. As usual, their personal lives are in a mess: Rebus drinks too much; Siobhan falls asleep with a tub of ice cream.

As in other Rebus books, the two in­ves­ti­ga­tions end up being linked somewhat too neatly for my liking.

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