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The Falls: From the iconic #1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES (Inspector Rebus Book 12) Kindle Edition
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The twelfth Inspector Rebus bestseller - a powerfully gripping novel where past and present collide...
From the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES
'This is, quite simply, crime writing of the highest order' DAILY EXPRESS
'The unopposed champion of the British police procedural' GUARDIAN
A student has gone missing in Edinburgh. She's not just any student, though, but the daughter of well-to-do and influential bankers. There's almost nothing to go on until DI John Rebus gets an unmistakable gut feeling that there's more to this than just another runaway spaced out on unaccustomed freedom.
Two leads emerge: a carved wooden doll in a toy coffin, found in the student's home village, and an internet role-playing game. The ancient and the modern, brought together by uncomfortable circumstance...
When a student vanishes in Edinburgh, there is pressure on Rebus to find her, particularly as she is the scion of a family of extremely rich bankers. Needless to say, this is more than just the case of a spoilt rich girl breaking out of the cage of family responsibilities, and a carved wooden doll in a coffin found in her home village leads Rebus to the Internet role-playing game that she was involved in. And when DC Siobhan Clarke, a key member of Rebus' team, tackles the Virtual Quizmaster, Rankin finds himself struggling to save her from the same fate as the missing girl.
Consummate plotting has always been Rankin's trademark, and that skill is put to maximum use here. The balance between developing the characterisation of the ill-assorted team of coppers that Rebus assembles and the labyrinthine twists of the plot is maintained with an iron hand, and Rankin's mordant eye remains as keen as ever: "You okay, John?" Curt reached out a hand and touched his shoulder. Rebus shook his head slowly, eyes squeezed shut. Curt didn't make it out the first time, so Rebus had to repeat what he said next: "I don't believe in heaven." That was the horror of it. This life was the only one you got. No redemption afterwards, no chance of wiping the slate clean and starting over. Rebus said "There is no justice in the world." "You'd know more about that than I would", Curt replied.
--Barry Forshaw--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B002VBV1TA
- Publisher : Orion (18 Sept. 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 3387 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 516 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,879 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this story Rebus is investigating the disappearance of a student who appears to have been set a challenge in an online game set my the mysterious Quizmaster. His collegue Siobhan Clarke is tasked with invesigating this and to see whether it has any relevance to the case whilst Rebus tries to ascertain the link between the coffins which are found by a site known as The Falls. The premise is really fascinating but Rankin manages to invest the story with such interesting characters that I felt the tension was continually being ratcheted up. On top of this, the office politics of the police force adds another dimension as someone appears to be tipping off the press about the case and Siobhan's new assistant seems particularly creepy.
I found this book impossible to put down. The story grabbed my attention from the first few pages yet once the investigation is underway it becomes a page-turner. I felt that this was also the best story out of all the Rebus series and, as good as the others are are describing the sordid underbelly of Edinburgh, there were so many elements of this case that seemed mysterious that the book ultimately became a distraction from my other tasks as I was anxious to find out what was happening. The plot is one of Rankin's finest and I felt that the conclusion over the last 70 to 80 pages see-sawed backwards and forwards between various suspects which was rivetting. A whole mutlitude of secrets are eventually made apparent and I felt that the conclusion was Rankin's most nail-biting.
As with Philip Kerr, I am finding Ian Rakin's books so good that I have been ordering more even before I have finished the one I have been reading. I love the character of Rebus and think that the dialogue is one of the components which make this series stand out. Having said that, I would assume that this book is a highlight in the series. Thoroughly recommended.
I have just finished a DCI RYAN novel where the villain drowns with the all St. Cuthbert’s relics including his gospel book of St John which must have perished . It is not mentioned and only his cross is recovered by divers .
The Falls focuses on Rebus as he waves goodbye to retiring colleagues and looks over his shoulder at a young, smart breed of detective aided by technology. When a local socialite studying at Edinburgh University goes missing it's Rebus and Siobhan who head the investigation. As they dig deeper they discover clues that link the disappearance with several others over three decades and a mysterious internet role-playing game.
The Falls was for me much more a cerebral experience over a thriller read. There was very little in the way of suspense all the way through. The premise of the missing person, the historical crimes and the internet quizmaster were mildly engaging. The Fall's was written just after the Da Vinci code mayhem and felt like a weaker or enforced use of the puzzle format. The absolute strength of the book and I suspect of Rankin's writing in general, is the ability to convey the thoughts and personalities of the detectives, giving us soul and psychology as they deliberate the case and struggle to manage their private lives. The focus is always on the job so you don't get any of the tedious soap operatics found in many books currently trying to accomplish the same.
There is something almost cathartic about The Falls I suspect will resonate more with any audience that has knocked their heads against the obstacles life places in our way. The characters are flawed and hopeful, unique and smart. It is the characters that had me transfixed through the book not the whodunnit. When I turned the last page I wanted to read other books in the series to discover their journey.
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The plot itself focuses on the disappearance of the young and rich university student Philippa Balfour who seemingly has vanished into thin air. One moment plotting and getting ready for a night out the next gone. To add further pressure the Balfour family are the kind that have their own secrets and have enough money and influence to insure that the team are feeling the strain to get results and fast.
A fascinating part element of the book is once again seeing the way Rankin has developed Siobhan Clark. No longer just Rebus sidekick she is now a standalone member of the team and whilst her and Rebus still have a bond Siobhan in this book is following her own leads and keeping her own secrets.
All in all I found this book to be much easier to read than the previous Rankin book and a very enjoyable novel. The development of Siobhan her investigation into the internet game involving Quiz Master was a particular highlight and I would very much recommend this book to any fans of the crime genre.