Even Dogs in the Wild

Even Dogs in the Wild

A Novel

Book - 2016 | First United States edition.
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Rebus comes out of retirement...to save his nemesis.

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is feeling the heat. She's investigating the death of a senior government prosecutor, David Minton, who has friends in high places. When one of their own is killed, the powers that be want answers fast. But Clarke is puzzled: if Minton died in a robbery as everyone thinks, why is nothing missing from his home? The answer may lie not in what was taken, but in what was left behind at the scene--an ominous note.

Malcolm Fox is feeling useless. Shunned by his colleagues because of his past in the Complaints bureau, he's been reassigned to a grunt detail, helping a surveillance team--one that trusts him even less than his own boss does--track a notorious Glasgow crime family. Helping Clarke with the Minton case is the only thing that makes Fox feel like a real cop.

Newly minted civilian John Rebus is feeling restless. Being a cop is in his blood and he's failing miserably at retirement. So when Clarke and Fox ask for his help, Rebus doesn't need long to consider his options. But before he can get his bearings, a call comes from Rebus's old nemesis--"Big Ger" Cafferty. Someone just fired a bullet through his front window--and sent him a note identical to Minton's. The normally unflappable old gangster is on edge, but for the life of him Cafferty can't figure out who he's wronged. And the only man he trusts with his life is Rebus.

As the cases collide, it's up to Clarke, Fox, and Rebus to connect the dots and save their unlikely ally Cafferty, whose past harbors a shocking secret that implicates Minton's friends in an unspeakable crime. Even Dogs in the Wild reunites crime fiction legend Ian Rankin's greatest characters in an explosive story exploring the darkest corners of our desires.
Publisher: [New York] : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780316342513
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 347 pages ; 25 cm


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I like following Rebus into his retirement and lack of adjustment. This is a fun read for those who have been reading the series from the first Rebus novels, maybe not so interesting for those starting with Rankin's latter works. I like that they are working with newer technology and police detection tools as Rebus eventually has to evolve with the times if he wants to keep his hand in police work. This is a timely story of institutional child abuse and my heart ached reading the father's letter to his son at the end of the book.

Nov 29, 2017

Ian Rankin is a master writer. This one is good, but not great. Shallow side characters and the main charc. all running around in circles. This one is kinda like 'Broadchurch' where, literally each individual has a reason for the killings... "When Davie left, his legs were weaker then ever..."

But still worth a read, kinda of treat it as a DIY detective book, "Can you figure out how it all plays out in the end? I was 80%, but as usual a 'complete left turn' at the end..

Apr 02, 2017

You either love Rankin or you don't. This is not one of his best but he does try to bring the lives of other key characters more to the foreground, which I appreciated.

Feb 26, 2017

None of the reviews below are about The Fragment by T. Davis Bunn. It's unfortunate that they are shown under that title.

Jan 20, 2017

I struggled to care who the bad people were and the good guys are boring - nothing happens for three quarters of the book and the story is predictable from beginning to end. What a tedious read.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Nov 07, 2016

Rebus has finally retired, but is drawn back in when killings begin to happen and his old enemy Cafferty appears to be on the hit list. Ghosts from the past abound in this latest offering by Ian Rankin.

Oct 07, 2016

Irreverant. Honorable. Unapologetic. Loyal. Cynical. Persistant. That’s John Rebus. Even though he’s retired from the Edinburgh police force, John is still critical to a murder investigation.

Aug 22, 2016

I liked this Rebus/Clarke/Fox police story. It is a great series and this book shows there is still a lot of life left in it. Love the Edinburgh setting and descriptions.

rb3221 Jun 02, 2016

A great novel by Rankin with his hero Rebus, now retired but re-hired as a consultant and working with Siobhan Clarke, Malcolm Fox, and even Big Ger Cafferty.
It is a well written novel with a good organized plot, a page - turner and hard to put down. I didn't want it to end. Read it.

May 17, 2016

Rankin and Rebus never fail to entertain, and this one is no exception. Perhaps a few too many ancillary characters for my liking, but this is an excellent read. Rebus' character seems to be mellowing a bit, and the storyline involving past friends and foes adds some spice, and expands the future possibilities.

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