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Crime fiction fans, it doesn’t get better than this: Gripping new books from Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Michael Connelly – Cambridge Times

November 20, 2020

A Song For the Dark Times

Orion, 327 pages, $34.99

John Rebus is in gloomy retirement from the Edinburgh coppers, frozen out by his former colleagues when he offers inside dope on a hot new murder case. Nevertheless, Rebus slides sideways into a central role in the densely populated new Ian Rankin novel. The book offers two murders in two vastly separate geographic locations; one exotic victim, the other more pedestrian but also more puzzling. The sleuthing time is parceled out to both Rebus and the ever sharp and engaging DI Siobhan Clarke. It’s all tricky Rankin territory, totally absorbing with the bonus that we get to empathize with the aging Rebus, diminished in physical powers but holding steady in crime ratiocination.

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