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Mortal Causes: An Inspector Rebus Mystery (Inspector Rebus series Book 6) Kindle Edition
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“John Rebus, an outstanding creation... very ambitious and very confident with acute observation of the not-so-bonny side of Scotland.” ―Mike Ripley, Sunday Telegraph
“Rankin's ability to create a credible character, delivering convincing dialogue to complement sinister and hard-hitting plots set against vividly detailed atmosphere, is simply awesome.” ―Time Out
- ASIN : B004NNVELE
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (March 22, 2011)
- Publication date : March 22, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1303 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #176,223 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In Mortal Causes, the mystery begins with the title. Fortunately, Rankin explains it in an Author's Note at the outset. In Scottish slang, "mortal" can mean "drunk." And, yes, a great deal of liquor flows in the course of the novel. Of course, Rankin's hero, Inspector John Rebus, is himself no stranger to the bottle.
Inspector Rebus investigates a case during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The story opens when construction workers stumble upon the corpse of a young man who was brutally tortured and murdered. He hangs from the ceiling in a former butcher's shop several stories below the surface of downtown Edinburgh. Meanwhile, aboveground, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is underway. Because it's the world's largest arts festival, the streets are crowded with thousands of tourists.
An old enemy and Right-Wing Irish paramilitaries make life difficult for Inspector Rebus
Inspector Rebus is a former British Army officer who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. He's as tough as they come, but he still manages to get beaten up more than once in Mortal Causes. One—just one—of the reasons is that his old nemesis, the gangster boss Big Ger Cafferty, is determined to force Rebus to identify the killer of that young man in the butcher's shop. Because it turns out that the boy was Cafferty's son. Between Cafferty and the Right-Wing Irish paramilitaries Rebus is investigating, he has more than his hands full.
Rebus is a very interesting antihero. A detective with a relentless drive to solve the mystery and we go along happily for the ride. I am about one-third the way through the series and I am sure I will finish them all. This a a very good book.
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In this book we are literally plunged into the depths of the Old Town, in Mary King’s Close, a street that had been sealed and buried beneath the Royal Mile to prevent the spread of an eighteenth century plague outbreak. A young man has been taken down into Mary King’s Close and murdered in a particularly brutal manner. John Rebus, drawing on his experiences as a soldier in Northern Ireland during the height of The Troubles, immediately recognises that the victim has been ‘six packed, a punishment doled out by paramilitary units on both sides of the divide.
Rebus is co-opted into a Scottish Crime Squad operation that is monitoring the rise in sectarian violence on the mainland, which allows Rankin to explore the tensions that still persisted in Scotland in the 1990s. Much of the action takes place in or around the fractious (and for once fictitious) Garibaldi housing estate, known as the Gar-B. A youth centre set up on the estate by the local Catholic church with a view to giving the local teenagers somewhere safe to go seems to have gone rogue. Asked by his old friend, Father Conor Leary, to investigate what is going on, Rebus finds himself in a completely different world, where religious prejudice is rife, and the graffiti over the Gar-B mirrors the hatred seen in housing estates across Belfast.
As always, Rankin’s characters are immensely believable, and the plot develops very plausibly. It is interesting to see Siobhan Clarke playing a very minor role – within two or three books she would become a major character, second only to Rebus himself in terms of her role in the stories. Once again, Edinburgh itself is almost a character in its own right, and there is even a cameo appearance from Maurice Gerald Cafferty (‘Big Ger’).
A strong addition to the Rebus canon.
Great work and a pleasure to read and become involved in for the length of the story.