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A Song for the Dark Times: The Brand New Must-Read Rebus Thriller Hardcover – 1 Oct. 2020
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From the iconic Number One bestseller Ian Rankin, comes one of the must-read books of the year: A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES
'Genius ... Only great novels capture the spirit of the age. This is one of them.'
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When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it's not good news. Her husband has been missing for two days.
Rebus fears the worst - and knows from his lifetime in the police that his daughter will be the prime suspect.
He wasn't the best father - the job always came first - but now his daughter needs him more than ever. But is he going as a father or a detective?
As he leaves at dawn to drive to the windswept coast - and a small town with big secrets - he wonders whether this might be the first time in his life where the truth is the one thing he doesn't want to find...
PRAISE FOR A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES:
'Magnificent ... utterly unputdownable and an immersive pleasure.'
'This is Rankin at his best, Rebus at his best, storytelling that meets the moment and transcends all genres and expectations.'
'An outstanding addition to one of the finest bodies of work in crime fiction.'
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PRAISE FOR THE ICONIC NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER:
'Ian Rankin is a genius'
'A master storyteller'
'Rebus is one of British crime writing's greatest characters: alongside Holmes, Poirot and Morse'
'Great fiction, full stop'
'One of Britain's leading novelists in any genre'
'Rankin is a phenomenon'
'Worthy of Agatha Christie at her best'
'The king of crime fiction'
Magnificent ... utterly unputdownable and an immersive pleasure. I loved it. -- MARIAN KEYES
An outstanding addition to one of the finest bodies of work in crime fiction. -- MICK HERRON
Only great novels capture the spirit of the age. This is one of them. ― THE TIMES
There is a sense of warmth and freedom in this novel, as though Rebus's retirement has liberated his creator as much as himself. ― LITERARY REVIEW
Rankin's affection for his character remains undimmed, even as he writes with candour about [Rebus's] failure as a father. ― THE SUNDAY TIMES
...masterly storytelling ― SUNDAY EXPRESS
Another class act from a storyteller who makes it seem effortless. ― SUNDAY MIRROR
...a gripping, complex mystery ― MAIL ON SUNDAY
[A Song for the Dark Times] is vintage Rankin - which is to say, the best that the crime genre can currently offer. ― FINANCIAL TIMES
No matter how dark the times, the arrival of a Rankin novel remains one of life's pleasures. -- Matt Nixson ― DAILY EXPRESS
About the Author
- Publisher : Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ); First Edition (1 Oct. 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1409176975
- ISBN-13 : 978-1409176978
- Dimensions : 16 x 3.4 x 23.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 16,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian Rankin is always a pleasure to read and this is no different, some going when into the 20+ Rebus; Interestingly, Rebus is apparently a Lee Child fan: Rankin’s Rebus is still far more alive and fresh than Jack Reacher. Give me Scotland over the USA anytime.
Rebus heads north having received a call from his daughter, Samantha, whose partner, Keith, has gone missing. Back in Edinburgh, Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox investigate the murder of a James Bond-worshipping Saudi playboy student. The narrative alternates between the two plots connected by the relationship between Rebus and Clarke as they stay in touch by phone. And, when Siobhan's investigation turns up someone from near to the village in which Rebus's daughter lives, the cases become more intertwined.
As always though, it is the characters who drive the story. We enjoy spending time with the cantankerous John Rebus, and we worry about the COPD which has caused him to leave his flat, due to the struggle with stairs. He is getting old and Siobhan worries about him, even as she is exasperated by both Rebus and Fox. I really hope there are many more Rebus mysteries to come but, should the day come, and it will be a sad day, there is great potential in Clarke's and Fox's love/hate relationship.
And what happens after that last chapter? I cannot wait to find out