Mortal Causes

Mortal Causes

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From behind bars, an Irish paramilitary gangster vows revenge when his son is brutally tortured and murdered, luring Inspector John Rebus into Northern Ireland to prevent a bloodbath.

McMillan Palgrave

In Edinburgh you're never far from a peaceful spot, or from a hellish one either. Now, in the heart of summer, in the midst of a nationalist festival, Inspector John Rebus is on the murder case of a young man left hanging in a spot where his screams would never be heard. To find the victim's identity--and his killer--Rebus searches from Edinburgh's most violent neighborhood to Belfast, Northern Ireland--amongst petty thugs, gunrunners, and heavyweight criminals. But before Rebus can get to the truth, he's bloodied by the dream of society's madmen--and staring into the glint of a killer's eyes.

Once again, Ian Rankin has demonstrated his incredible crime writing skills in Mortal Causes.



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Investigating the hanging murder of an unidentified victim during a summertime nationalist festival, Inspector John Rebus pursues leads from Edinburgh's most violent neighborhood to Ireland's Belfast, where he is targeted by petty thugs, gunrunners, and worse. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009, c1994
ISBN: 9780312565633
Characteristics: 310 p ; 22 cm

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A bit more gruesome than Rankin's usual fare but gives us an interesting military background for Rebus and some early on the ground insight into the Irish troubles as they leaked into Scotland's crime scene. It is a shame now north american funding for this civil war kept the violence going. A good read as always.

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rahmmie
Feb 08, 2012

It was okay but I didn't like it nearly as much as the previous one. Maybe it was because Holmes and Clark, Rebus's sidekicks, were basically absent in this one

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ski4ever
Oct 24, 2007

Great detective story.

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