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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus) (Kindle Edition)
It seems that Rankin cannot quite put Rebus to bed. I can't say whether that is because Rankin keeps getting ideas or whether nothing else sells for him.
However that may be, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I enjoyed every previous Rebus story. I like the various plot threads, the lean writing and fast dialogues. Every few chapters you have to pause and arrange things in your mind.
I have deducted 1 star for the following reasons:
- In the stories about the Complaints, I always thought Michael Fox was to Rebus as a positive photo is to its negative. In this story, they are brought together, and the distinction begins to blur. Fox becomes more like Rebus as the story progresses, even to the point that he is given lines that Rebus could have said. Rebus accepts Fox too easily for my liking. Intentional? If so, why? I would have preferred for Fox to remain Rebus' favourite enemy, with a different set of values and style of speaking.
- Rebus is back in CID, but at the rank of DS, making Siobhan (and, in the next book, possibly Fox as well) his superior in rank. Why all the castigation? Rebus does that enough of himself already.
- The cover of the book asks: "Rebus: Saint or Sinner?" and promises we will find out who he really is. Well after 20 or so Rebus stories, I thought we guessed by now. In the early Rebus books, the chip on his shoulder was his SAS past, and we know he is neither sinner nor saint, or both, depending on which you look at it. In this book, replacing his past by his time at Summerhall (never mentioned before) doesn't quite work for me.
- Small detail: all Rebus books contain references to his musical preference. Yet there is not one single quip about the fact that one of the major characters (Stefan Gilmour) is the namesake of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. I wondered about that.
- No mention of Big Ger Cafferty. Hm.
The book's ending shows that Rebus has learned one thing: if you are going to use methods like the Saints of the Shadow Bible, make sure you are the only Saint. But this has been his approach all along: so Rebus stays true to his maverick self.
So where is Rankin taking Rebus? Playing third fiddle to Clarke and Fox? Will they gel into a threesome that is successful because (like Jagger and Richards) of the tension between them? Is Rankin setting Rebus up to be junior in rank but the unspoken leader of the team?
More than its immediate predecessors, this book shows me that Rankin is not done yet with Rebus. And that is a good thing.