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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Standing in Another Man's Grave (Rebus) (Taschenbuch)
I liked the latest Ian Rankin very much. Rebus is still going strong, nursing his bad habits (drink, tobacco etc) and is as stubborn and as blind to the rules as ever. Siobhan Clarke now a DI (congratulations btw) is a stronger character than in previous books but then as the story carries she seems to fall under Rebus' spell as always helping him to cut corners and bend the rules. Rebus is even more out of bounds as he is retired or should I say semi-retired, on the jump back into his job ? Difficult to say but interesting to watch how the character changes.
Some other readers pointed out that Malcolm Fox does not look that good here. First of all I think it is great idea to get the two characters in one book but Rankin misses the chance to make something interesting out of the conflict the two have. I liked Malcom Fox as a character in the two books about him and the "Complaints" and in contrast to what other readers have written I find him credible and interesting in those books. In the book I am talking about now Fox is the rather stereotype "everything strictly by the book" cop and the story does not need the character at all. I am taking one star off for this...
I missed some detail about the killer in the end why he did it and why he was covered up but all in all I think this end is good and suits Rebus' character and style.
So: I want more of that please and if Ian Rankin decides to give Malcolm Fox the chance to have another go at Rebus I am happy to see it provided Rebus wins the fight and Fox is shown as an opponent with enough power to stand up against Rebus.