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Fleshmarket Alley (Inspector John Rebus Series #15)

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    Choosing Wisely

    A very intriguing novel in the Inspector Rebus series. Here we see the current issues of illegal aliens introduced into the mystery of murder in the Scottish city of Edinburgh. The usual cast of interesting characters appear and Ian Rankin's flowing literary style carries you along the twists and turns of the multiple investigations occurring in the story. It is a hefty tome at 420 pages but the story does not disappoint. The current topic is controversial and allows the reader to evaluate their own opinion on the subject but in a way that mingles fiction with fact to tickle the reader and draw him to places and activities hitherto not considered.
    The Inspector shows his emotions only infrequently and in these pages there are several opportunities for him to make personal choices. He chooses wisely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2005

    A THINKING MAN'S THRILLER - SUPERBLY READ

    Inspector John Rebus, created by Edgar-Award winning author Ian Rankin, has won a legion of followers who cannot wait for the next Scotland based mystery involving the hardened, perspicacious detective. He's known for a bit of sardonic wit and a sleeve full of surprises. Michael Page reads this, the 15th Rebus novel, with thorough understanding of the pivotal character, and segues nicely into the voice of his colleague Siobhan Clarke. One would think that after years of covering city streets infested with crime and scoundrels there would be little to cause the flicker of an eyelash from Rebus. Not so. The murder of a refugee in a seedy building precedes a scenario more frightening than the battle scarred detective could ever have imagined. That building is only one in an area that holds more than dens of prostitution but has become a hub for the slave trade, which the government often chooses to ignore. Those seeking sanctuary are sold to the highest bidder for cheap labor. While Rebus is confronted with a tangled web of killings, listeners are confronted with a reminder of man's inhumanity to man. As often is the case, Rankin and Rebus present a thinking man's thriller ably read by Michael Page. - Gail Cooke

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