Energized. For a retired detective with health issues, John Rebus seems highly energized as he’s back on the job, of sorts, in the twenty-first novel in this series by Ian Rankin. In the book titled, Rather Be the Devil, Rebus reopens a cold case and issues from the past converge through multiple plot lines with lots of criminal action in the present. Big Ger Cafferty is back as well, along with detectives Clarke and Fox. Cafferty is no more retired than Rebus, and the spring in Big Ger’s step may lead to more adventures. Fans of character-driven crime fiction are those most likely to enjoy reading this entertaining novel and the entire series.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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