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In a House of Lies   by Ian Rankin

Read: 2022-08-30 Reviewed: 2022-10-03
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A John Rebus instalment without any action and without any of the Edinburgh atmosphere which this series usually oozes. However the plotting and characterizations, especially the character interactions, are still as good as ever.

A body is found in the boot of a car with police handcuffs around the ankles. Turns out to be an old case, but the car has obviously been moved recently, creating a new case which ravels together the old one, the shady policing of yesteryear, and the history of crime in the province. Rebus, working unofficially as a retired officer, manipulates the old and new police, the press, and the criminal fraternity to make connections and help the investigation along, principally being carried on by his former associate Siobhan Clarke.

After you get to know the whole criminal family and their chaotic relationships, the final resolution of all the plotting is also as good as it gets, making this a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile read.

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