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The Year 2007 marks Detective Inspector John Rebus's last year in the Scottish police force. But how will the irascible detective deal with this grim terminus? Particularly with his nemesis, Ger Cafferty, still walking the streets of Edinburgh. And how will John's protege, Siobahn Clarke, move forward with the old relic finally gone?
Publisher: London, Eng. : Orion, 2007.
ISBN: 9780752868608
Characteristics: 380 pages ;,25 cm.

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" Rebus had only one question: bring him in, or question him at his house?/ ' My decision, not yours,' Siobhan Clarke reminded him. She'd been back from the mortuary half an hour and seemed to be nursing a headache. Tibbet had made her a coffee, and Rebus had watched her press two tablets from their foil enclosure into the palm of her hand. Todd Goodyear had thrown up only the once, in the mortuary car park, though there had been another crisis point on the way back to Gayfield Square when they passed some men laying tarmac./ 'Something about the smell,' he'd explained./ He now looked pale and shaken, but kept telling everyone he was all right--whether they wanted to hear it or not. Clarke had gathered them round so she could tell them what Gates and Curt had told her: male, five ten, rings on two fingers of the right hand, gold watch on one wrist, and with a broken jaw./ ' Maybe a roof beam fell on him, ' she speculated. The victim hadn't been tied to any piece of furniture, and neither his hands nor his feet had been bound. ' Just lying in a heap on the living-room floor. Probable cause of death: smoke inhalation. Gates did stress that these were preliminary findings. . .'/ Rebus: ' Still makes it a suspicious death.'/ Hawes: ' Which makes it ours.'/ ' And ID?' Tibbet asked. ' Dental records, if we're lucky.'/ 'Or the rings?' Goodyear guessed. " ' Unmatched in the field of British Crime Fiction'

An excellent read and I did like the political background woven into the plot.

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gloryb
Dec 20, 2012

The book gets bogged down with a political aspect, although relevant due to nationality of the first dead victim. However, when Rebus solves the mystery the reason for the crime is a domestic dispute...so why the time spent on the red herrings? Other than that compliant, I enjoyed the plotting, Rebus' relationship with Siobhan, and the idea that even good guys can do wrong.

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rahmmie
Dec 12, 2012

It looks like it's time for Detective Inspector Rebus to make room for the new generation. He had a good run

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gwinegarden
Jun 28, 2010

The end of Rebus? I hope not!

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