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In a House of Lies ”Who is it exactly that you’ve been speaking to Siobhan?”“He’s an ex cop Been retired a few years And if I know him he’ll be turning up here in the next ten or fifteen minutes”“Feel like telling us a bit about him before that happens?”“In ten or fifteen minutes?” Clarke gave a little snort “I doubt I’d be able to do him justice” Sigh Another Rebus book devoured So wonderful to have spent time in his company again Sigh because the ending left me satisfied with the carrot dangling that Rebus will be backAs I’ve mentioned before John Rebus is very much like an old friend that you’ve lost touch with but who is always on the periphery of your life It doesn’t take long to settle in very comfortably with this book and get drawn in And it also doesn’t take long for Rebus to hear of the discovery of a car in the woodswith a body in the boot that went missing twelve years previously Never mind that Rebus has been retired for several years in his heart he’ll always be a copper It’s in his blood And he still has plenty of scores to settle I love the friendship between Siobhan Clarke and Rebus and how much her character has grown as she’s climbed the greasy pole of heirachy in the force Great to see Malcolm Fox working alongside Siobhan to help solve this cold case and great to see Big Ger Cafferty Rebus’ nemesis is still on the scene Rebus and Big Ger go wayyyyy back and now have somewhat of a grudging respect for one another even while being on opposing sides of the lawOriginally I gave this four stars but on completing this review I’ve upped it to five Days later I still find it incredible how all of the stories were woven in together so tightly with no loose threads Ian Rankin really knows how to writeI also love that Rebus still has his dog Brillo that he picked up in the previous book “Rather Be The Devil” I don’t know why but this warms my heart I can just imagine the two older chaps going out for their evening constitutional mulling over the state of the nation ”Not every day you meet a legend” he said'Me or you?' Rebus responded”Touché to that First this not an Inspector Rebus because he is now 72 finished he is past it not even been brought back for cold cases This perfect example of money wasted as police officers are made to retire at 60 yet load of the good offices do not become brilliant till 55 57This is Siobhan Clarke 's big case when body turns up murdered back in 2006 it is one of John's unsolved missing cases but It is not just her its also Malcolm Fox too So Got three way cross old fart Rebus Siobhan Fox as well as gay murderThis perfect example of how much things in the police force have change in ten yearsRankin has brought Rebus back but Still not done want few fans wanted a prolong story He cannot write much now as it says he is far too oldWell done to Orion the cover wins worst cover of the month award it stinksIt is set in a wood in old car Why couldn't had a car pocking out of lot of trees but No they have very colourless depressing grey crappyThis must certainly be one of Rebus' last books at 72 he not be up for much except pissing everybody off This be why Fox is in this I have not said was Rebus book but Fox book with John In it not other way around Its all about selling the book the name Rebus sells Fox does notReference to the TV cartoon characters from 1970s Wacky Races which be complete loss lot of anybody under under 30 Why on earth could not used Family Guy but A old series like this just showing off it is funny but It is also sillyThere is sub plot a old case of convicted murderer That John Investigates which becomes important than the main plot Both stories are old cases both run side by side not to cross paths yet the 2nd sub becomes interesting than the first But Could be because it is RebusOh That sod Cafferty is in it in fact lot of story is set around that bastard Rebus now has a dog called Brillo bloody odd name for a dog named after a scrubbing wire pan brush That is Rankin making bad joke At the readers expense so People may not get itHis style has changed lot from his early books such as Strip Jack or Wolfman but Style still got the jokes but Not the Rolling Stones titles which is shame I find it odd that he has not moved on from Rebus it is like an old dog with a bone This could easily been just Siobhan Clarke but No had to bring in sour faceCannot he move on I think have to kill Rebus off if wanted to move on Like Taggart or Victor Meldrew is 6ft under But Then have all the oh why not do a prologue about how became a police man so Still be trapped hahaha There’s no doubt that Ian Rankin is one of Britain’s finest crime fiction writers in recent times maybe the best of all But he’s now having to address a problem of his own making by allowing his Edinburgh detective to age in real time he now finds that his frontman is well past 60 and therefore at a point he can no longer actively serve So what now? It’s the same issue a number of other well respected crime writers are facing James Lee Burke and Michael Connelly spring to mind and the choice Rankin has made is to use John Rebus as a non serving and often unwelcome source of information and assistance to Police Scotland Siobhan Clarke long ago introduced as a mentee of Rebus has his aid foisted upon her here when skeletal remains turn up in the boot of a car found in a deep gulley close to the city John is pretty sure he knows the name of the deceased it’s that of a man who disappeared a decade or ago And John should know he was involved in the botched and much criticised missing person operation back then But for much of the first half of the book he is side lined as Siobhan and the rest of team kick off the murder investigation Soon after another of Rankin’s creations Malcolm Fox is parachuted in to join the team Now in truth I find Siobhan somewhat irritating and Fox a dull and humourless character At the half way point this book was going nowhere for meLuckily for the book and for the sake of my own mental health Clarke asked Rebus to look into a separate matter involving a young man who had confessed to the murder of his girlfriend Almost immediately the book took off The pages were once peppered with dry one liners and the energy of the whole thing seemed to increase exponentially There’s no doubt that the pages light up when Rebus is about However my broader issue with this book is that it really feels like a case of too many cooks There are a number of potential murderers fair enough loads of cops far too many though the bent pair from the Anti Corruption Unit are good value and too many faces from the past in addition to Fox organised crime bigwigs Big Ger Cafferty and Darryl Christie both make an appearance It’s like they say on Masterchef too much on the plateI remain a huge fan of this series now in it’s 22nd instalment but I’m starting to wonder where Rankin takes it next time around Maybe a retrospective novel would be a good idea? Either way I hope he manages not to repeat the muddle he’s created in this one Very disappointed Although John Rebus is retired and suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease he is drawn into Siobhan Clarke’s latest investigation A skeleton is discovered in the woods and later determined to be that of a man Rebus and his team tried to find years ago Because they were never able to locate the missing man the team fell under serious scrutiny for their failure to solve the case There were accusations of incompetence and corruption and Malcolm Fox is brought in to evaluate the initial handling of the case Rebus wants to protect former team members when it makes sense to do so but he was not entirely clean in the original investigation either Siobhan Clarke and Malcom Fox have been a welcome addition to this series especially since Rebus’s retirement often puts him on the outside looking in But he still manages to work his way in and that is most welcome Rebus is one of my favorite fictional detectives and I hate to see the day he’s done Another great Scottish crime fiction novel from one of the very best Time Rebus retired for goodI’ve been a fan of Ian Rankin’s Rebus from his early books but I think it’s time for one of us to part companyEarlier books were cutting edge but I found this one to be tired cliched and with a story that stretched credibility too much and relied on chance just a bit too oftenIf this was the work of a newer writer I might have given it four stars because even though the writing fails to sparkle the story is better than average But truth is I expect better from Rankin Ian Rankin's legendary creation John Rebus may have retired from the police force but he's lost none of his investigation skills With over twenty books in the Rebus series Rankin like the detective himself shows no sign of slowing downIn A House Of Lies is dramatic thrilling surprising It's also full of humour great dialogue that's just the first two chaptersIt is perhaps of a John RebusSiobhan Clarke thriller as Rebus is now retired it's not uite as easy to sueeze him into the action However he does have some truly excellent moments in this story Does he have much time left before it all ends ? I for one certainly hope not IN A HOUSE OF LIESEveryone has something to hideA missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods Worse still both for his family and the police is that his body was in an area that had already been searchedEveryone has secretsDetective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inuiry combing through the mistakes of the original case There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now after a decade without answers it's time for the truthNobody is innocentEvery officer involved must be uestioned and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide and everything to lose But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead and that it could be the end of him John Rebus Okay I understand that Ian Rankin can write crime That much is obvious But In A House of Lies has been coined a ‘thriller’ and honestly the first half of the novel is about as thrilling as my Monday evenings Rankin takes a lot of time setting the scene with so many different characters both from Rebus’ past and uite a few new faces which ultimately leads to too many threads leading to the investigation In A House of Lies by Ian Rankin is out now from Orion Books My rating 25The storySimply put a body has been uncovered of a man who went missing than a decade ago There are handcuffs around his ankles so everybody is a suspect including the police who worked the missing persons case way back when So of course Rebus knows all about it He trots up bringing a few nearly forgotten characters from the series with him and offers vague clues and gets in the way right until the end Clarke and Fox and a myriad of other police ranking at varying levels of seniority band together to discover the truth But will they get to the bottom of it?What I thoughtIn A House of Lies by Ian Rankin is not a thriller It is a crime novel with a thousand police members of authority and everybody is stepping on one another’s toes to hide the truth or to discover it There are far too many characters old and new making this book difficult to follow and enjoy Also now that Rankin has clearly exhausted his interest in Rebus as a main character I believe that he should move on to and stick with his new detectives or create a new series in a new setting where it isn’t convenient for Rebus to stick his nose in wherever it suits himWhile I agree that Rankin can definitely write and tell a story it was a struggle to get through this book I didn’t get to enjoy a fast paced thrilling who dunnit or simply even the police procedures of interviews and searching for evidence as I was far too busy trying to keep track of who was who and what their role was in the narrative I believe that Rebus is a dead weight character and it is time for him and his huge series to be left on the shelf so that a new protagonist can be formed in Rankin’s mindOverall I found In A House of Lies to be uite disappointing I would recommend this book only to die hard RankinRebus fans as new readers would not know the characters or the history which has made this story possible Thank you to NetGalley and Orion for my advance e copy of In A House of Lies by Ian Rankin in exchange for an honest review I have a soft spot for Rebus given it was this series that got me interested in reading crime fiction in the first place and I can't believe we still have new additions to it so many years after it began not that there is any reason to stop producing a series that is universally popular This is in fact the twenty second novel to feature Edinburgh based former Detective Inspector John Rebus of Police Scotland You often find as a series wears on that the author becomes a little despondent and lacks the oomph that was provided and put into earlier books but there's no such issue here Rankin is still very much at the top of his gameDespite Rebus being practically retired here he is strongly featuring in 'In A House of Lies' where he assists the police with an intriguing cold case The plot deals with a missing private investigator who is found and points to police corruption Much like what is going on in reality Rebus's old headuarters at Lothian Borders Police is now defunct and has moved to a centralised location in Gartcosh near Edinburgh So to oversee the reinvestigation of the old case DI Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox are parachuted in from the Major Incident Team MIT This is a soundly structured complex and subtly nuanced tale and each of the characters are superbly drawn but particularly Rebus Fox and ClarkeAs always the pace is impeccable the plot interesting enough that you become immersed uickly and Rebus even though he is no longer in charge is still a uniue character that knows his own mind is confident is his abilities and although he may be a little unconventional we all know that all of the best people always are However with his COPD creating havoc in terms of breathing and his issues with alcohol and cigarettes not to mention his age he now has important priorities than just police workAnother wonderful addition to Scottish Noir with plenty of wit and dry humour and an atmosphere few crime writers know how to create I challenge any crime buff to not enjoy this novel The multiple strands of the plot are woven together seamlessly by a true master of the genre I hope both him and Rankin are on top of their game for the foreseeableMany thanks to Orion for an ARC I was not reuired to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own Not five star is the determination of the correct edition I actually read since it does not appear in the long list of editions I could monkey with it but I won't Mine is US edition from Little Brown and 372 pages I did earlier take advantage of the free preview Kindle from and enjoyed itAfter the preview I knew I would love the book It manages to be fresh Such new life was breathed into this 22nd Rebus book that it sparkles Ian Rankin rulesYes Rebus appears with his little dog Brillo changed by COPD and retirement yet not diminished The main focus is old case Rebus had been assigned to twenty years ago along with others who are now hiding in the cloth of ACU internal investigative arm of police The puzzle presents itself with the discovery of a hidden old car in a gully that contains remains of missing person Sioban is assigned to team by new guy in town DCI Sutherland Rebus asks her if it is a VW Polo since his memory has not gone Thus he enters the action with the first clue as to who the missing person wasPlenty of time has passed since the crimes connected to this missing person and the lies have solidified and will be protected Even old Cafferty comes into view and uite literally from Rebus's window he can be seen inside his house

  • Hardcover
  • 370 pages
  • In a House of Lies
  • Ian Rankin
  • English
  • 14 October 2016
  • 9781409176886

About the Author: Ian Rankin

Jack HarveyBorn in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960 Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continentsIan Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow He is also a past winner of the Chandler Fulbright Award and he received two Dagger Awards for the year's best short story and the Gold Dagger for Fiction Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay St Andrews and EdinburghA contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review he also presented his own TV series Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts on Channel 4 in 2002 He recently received the OBE for services to literature and opted to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh where he lives with his partner and two sons