Detective John Rebus's city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood....
The Complaints: that's the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who've made deals with the devil. And sometimes, The Complaints must travel....
Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops....
Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....
Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s....
DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets....
It is August in Edinburgh and the Festival is in full swing... A brutally tortured body is discovered in one of the city's ancient subterranean streets and marks on the corpse cause Rebus to suspect the involvement of sectarian activists. The prospect of a terrorist atrocity in a city heaving with tourists is almost unthinkable. When the victim turns out to be the son of a notorious gangster, Rebus realises he is sitting atop a volcano of mayhem - and it's just about to erupt.
Any additional comments?
If you like good narration and a solid crime fiction story this is the book for you. James Macpherson is one of the best narrators on audible, and only when he tries for an American accent does it ever go horribly wrong. I can't speak to a general audience as I've been an unabashed Rankin fan for years, but if you like crime fiction, you can hardly go wrong, although there may be better entry points to the series. The three best entry points are book one in the series, the short story collections, or one of the last two books (they are better standalones in my opinion).
What made the experience of listening to Mortal Causes the most enjoyable?
James Patterson is a wonderful narrator and makes the story credible
What was one of the most memorable moments of Mortal Causes?
The pace of the plot is unrelenting although deceptive
Have you listened to any of James Macpherson’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes and he is Rebus - no-one else reads Rankin like Macpherson
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It did both - the characterisation in the writing and the strength of the reading - excellent
Any additional comments?
All round good read
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Great Scottish crime fiction. Expertly narrated, with a compelling leading man. Buy it. Buy the whole set.
I think I am becoming weary of Ian Rankin's books - there seems to be such a lot of political and Sectarian battles going on in these stories, I have just read the latest 'Complaints' book and that too is very political.
To be honest I read to get away from the politics of the present times, and I do not want to read about religious hatred either. I think this will have been my last Ian Rankin read.
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