The gym in Bairnsdale where I do my exercises also has a book table. Patrons take in books that they are finished with and they are then available for others to buy for a gold coin. The money raised goes to a local charity, a different one each year. As soon as I spotted this one on the table I knew I had to get it.
I have read all Ian Rankin’s series of John Rebus and this is the most recent. What a bargain for a gold coin. I read the book in two sittings. Rankin does not disappoint.
With a character saying he isn’t glaikit you have to know that this is a book by someone who knows Scottish vernacular. What can I say other than it is a great Ian Rankin read. I love it. So many mentions of places I know in Fife, a setting with which I am familiar. Another fantastic crime fiction novel. I think I am beginning to like Malcolm Fox even more than Inspector Rebus and now am anxious to read the next one.
From the bookjacket:
‘Malcolm Fox and his team from Internal Afairs are back. They’ve been sent to Fife to investigate whether fellow cops covered up for a corrupt colleague, Detective Paul Carter. Carter has been found guilty of misconduct, with his own uncle – also in the force – proving to be his nemesis. But what should be a simple job is soon complicated by intimations of conspiracy and cover-up. A brutal murder has long lain hidden and it looks like it was committed with a weapon that should not even exist.
As the investigation gains momentum, a trail of revelations leads Fox back to 1985, a year of great turmoil in British poitical life. Terrorists intent on a split between Scotland the rest of the United Kingdom were becoming more brazen and ruthless. Letter-bombs and poisonous spores were sent to government offices and kidnappings and murders were plotted, the insurgents all the while trying to stay one step ahead of the government spies sent in to flush them out.
Fox feels he has a duty to get at the truth but while the body count rises the clock starts ticking, and he has no choice but to fight back when a dramatic turn of events sees him in mortal danger.
The Impossible Dead is a searingly insightful and page-truning novel that shows, yet again, why Ian Rankin remains one of the nation’s most brilliant crime writers.’
A podcast about The Impossible Dead in an interview with Ian Rankin is HERE.
Ian Rankin is one of my favourite Scottish authors. His books resonate with me because they are set in Edinburgh and often mention places in Fife where I grew up. His latest book, The Impossible Dead, was released recently but I haven’t bought it yet as I have just bought The Complaints which needs to be read first.
The Complaints has a new protagonist, Malcolm Fox, to replace Inspector Rebus.
I read all the Rebus books and most of the other non-Rebus books. I am looking forward to reading The Impossible Dead because the action has moved to Fife.
I came across this blog post,on a blog called Gifts of Serendipity, when I was searching for a map of Fife and the blog post gives a good description of what Fife is like. I lived in Ladybank and went to school in Cupar. On the map you can see St Andrews, the home of golf, quite close by, about 20 km from where we lived.
I enjoy a book even more when I can relate to the setting. I think that is perhaps why many of my books are by Australian or Scottish authors.
(The link to Gillian Kyle is missing on the blog Gifts of Serendipity, you can find the link here)