Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin Review 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC. 

It’s been a while since I read a Rebus novel so I decided to visit him again when I saw this copy available on NetGalley. 
Rebus is retired now in the 21st novel in the series. But he certainly isn’t slowing down. The novel opens as he dines with Deborah Quant and tells her about an old cold case murder which happened in the Caledonian Hotel. Back at home and trying to take his mind off his illness, Rebus looks back through the notes on the old case and finds it begins to link in with an existing attack on a local crime lord. 

Meanwhile Siobhan and Malcolm are thrown back together when HMRC send him to get involved in her case. 

The novel is as dark and gritty as all of Rankin’s books and Rebus’ amusing and bulldozing manner had me chuckling in places. It’s fast paced which makes it a really easy read. There’s a great sense of Edinburgh as a place and the people and the restaraunts and I loved the banter between the officers but particularly between Rebus and Big Ger Cafferty. 


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