Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin. Published by Little, Brown

I didn’t start reading Rankin until a few years ago, and now I’m scrambling to catch up on all his tightly plotted Rebus mysteries. In the latest, DI John Rebus is having a hard time adjusting to retirement and the civilian life. One day, while having lunch with Deborah Quant at a ritzy Edinburgh hotel, he recounts the story of a cold case that still plagues him. Back in the 1970’s, there was a huge rock and roll party at the hotel and when it was all over, the beautiful socialite, Mari Turquand, was found strangled to death. No one was ever arrested or charged with the murder and just thinking about it, gets Rebus back, hot on the trail of a killer who’s evaded justice for forty years. I love the sense of place in this series, as Ranking brings the reader right into the heart of Edinburgh


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