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A Song for the Dark Times por Ian Rankin
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A Song for the Dark Times (original 2020; edición 2020)

por Ian Rankin (Autor)

Series: Inspector Rebus (23)

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Título:A Song for the Dark Times
Autores:Ian Rankin (Autor)
Info:Orion (2020), Edition: 01, 336 pages
Colecciones:Tu biblioteca
Valoración:****
Etiquetas:crime, fiction, Scotland, Edinburgh

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A Song for the Dark Times por Ian Rankin (2020)

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An enjoyable Rebus novel. The usual characters, who are fun to engage with--Siobhan, Fox, and of course, Cafferty. The plot is quite an interesting one, dealing with camps in Scotland that housed German prisoners during WWII. Rebus remains a compelling character. I give it four stars because I would like Rankin to shake up the formula a bit, introduce something new. ( )
  TBCrattie | Dec 28, 2020 |
I've read all 23. I didn't care much for the first six, then Rebus came on like gangbusters in #7 "Let It Bleed", and Rankin had a big winner. Made me want to see Edinburgh, visit the Ox. Haven't made it yet. Thinks seemed to slip a bit in retirement, his not mine. Then Song for the Dark Times. Great title. Wish I could say the same for the plot.

There are two murders to solve. Unrelated. One is handled by Siobhan and Malcomb. Really liked the rebus/Clarke teaming, never cared for Malcomb.. Rebus has shifted flats, down to the first floor, same building, COPD. No more stairs. One foot in the grave. Rebus' daughter Samantha calls, her ex has been murdered, and she's a suspect. She lives way out there and John takes off to lend an unappreciated hand. Unappreciated by Samantha and by the local investigating cop. Possible links back to incidents post-WWll. Time to dig up old history.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Siobhan and Fox insert themselves into the killing of a young, moneyed ($) Saudi, murdered for unknown reasons. More digging. Suddenly an old bad guy pops up, Big Ger. Silly name. Gets sillier with each book. Big Ger was interesting in a couple of books, but these days he seems old and tired too.

The investigations continue, and continue, and continue. All ends well. Rebus is still breathing on his own as we turn the page and see ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. Will I read 24? Maybe not, this one was a real struggle. ( )
  maneekuhi | Dec 23, 2020 |
Our Rebus sees to not only retired but also to have slightly mellowed with age. He’s no longer drinking as heavily, he’s settling into a new apartment and he has the company of a dog…Brillo. He’s also getting the chance to mend some badly damaged fences with his daughter. The story actually consists of two mysteries…the murder of a wealthy Saudi student and the disappearance of Rebus’s son-in-law . As Rubus takes off for the Scottish Highlands to do what he does best…catch the bad guys and make them pay…we do have to wonder if John Rebus might be headed for a more permanent retirement than we readers are ready for. I hope Ian Rankin can make this new life that he has Rebus walking into work. ( )
  Carol420 | Dec 11, 2020 |
With the exception of a five-year break between Exit Music and Standing in Another Man’s Grave (and the four-year break between the first two books), Ian Rankin has published a new John Rebus novel every year or so since 1987. There are now twenty-three Inspector Rebus novels, and Rankin has pretty much aged Rebus in real-time as he adds to the series. If I recall correctly, Rebus is already 41 years old at the beginning of the first novel in the series, so he should be in his mid-sixties now. And it figures that he is now a retired Scottish cop who still thinks of himself as a cop first…and not much else second. But a man suffering from a worsening case of COPD? I don’t think I was quite ready for that one. But considering Rebus’s hard-drinking, heavy-smoking lifestyle, I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised.

John Rebus has never been much of a family man, and since his divorce years earlier, he hasn’t even been much of a father. It’s not that it doesn’t bother him, but Rebus seems to have ever only half-heartedly attempted to mend fences with Samantha, his only daughter. There is a degree of frostiness between the two still even though Samantha now has a daughter of her own. But when Samantha calls her father in a near panic because her partner has gone missing, and she has no one else to turn to, he comes running.

Rebus, who is in the process of moving to his new downstairs flat because he can no longer do the stairs to his old place without stopping for a break or two along the way, immediately drops everything and heads to the Scottish coast to see what he can learn about the missing man. As the old cop he is, Rebus understands that if the man turns up dead, the locals will be looking at his daughter as their prime suspect. He also knows that even if he thinks she is guilty, he is not about to let her go to prison.

Rankin, as he so often does, juggles two separate plot-lines along the way in A Song for the Dark Times until some of the same names start to pop up in both investigations. He keeps his readers in the loop on the Edinburgh investigation via Siobhan Clarke, Rebus’s old protégé, who informally teams up there with another recurring character, the outsider cop Malcom Fox. Both investigations are relatively complicated ones involving multiple investigators and suspects, and in the hands of a lesser-writer it all may have been a little difficult to follow, but that’s a problem you never have with an Ian Rankin novel.

Bottom Line: The five-year break in John Rebus novels happened because Exit Music (2007) was intended to be Rebus’s “last murder case.” The inside of the book jacket even says, “Exit Music marks the final outing for the legendary Inspector John Rebus, and it proves that Edgar Award winner Ian Rankin has saved the very best for last.” But then it happened: six new Rebus novels since 2012. And what a great thing that has been. Rankin has figured out a way to keep Rebus viable and involved while strengthening the Siobhan Clarke and Malcom Fox characters at the same time. Here’s hoping there’s still a lot more to come from Inspector Rebus and his “team” before he has to resign himself to an easy chair and an oxygen machine.

Bonus: This made me laugh in the way it so perfectly describes Rebus’s current status. It’s a scene in which Rebus is trying to convince someone that he is still a cop by claiming he’s really Malcom Fox:

‘Colin, this is Mr. Fox, a detective from Edinburgh,’ Belkin began to explain.
‘Oh, aye?’ He didn’t sound entirely convinced. ‘Bit long in the tooth, aren’t you?’
‘I’m younger than I look.’
‘Bloody well have to be.’ The gardener went to the sink, rinsing his hands and drying them on a towel his wife handed him. ( )
  SamSattler | Dec 6, 2020 |
Here's a treat for all Rankin fans: with all the old crew summoned to attendance.: John Rebus, Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox. Rebus of course is retired and Siobhan has just been helping him move into a ground floor apartment (his health isn't so good and he has been having trouble climbing stairs. Then comes the phone call from his daughter and Rebus drives north to her even though he realises he probably won't be welcome.

Siobhan is on leave, having taken time off to help Rebus move, but there is a murder case which she wants to be part of. And in the way of all good crime fiction, coincidences abound, there are links between Rebus' "new case" and the murder Siobhan is working on. And Malcolm Fox finds himself being snagged by that personification of evil, Big Ger Cafferty. ( )
  smik | Nov 28, 2020 |
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