Mortal Causes (A Rebus Novel) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/8/1
Rankin continues to be unsurpassed among living British crime writers ... He makes the reader feel part of the scene, and enhances the experience with his virtuosity with dialogue ... But all these virtues would count for little if Rankin didn't also possess the most important asset of them all - the ability to tell a damned good story ― THE TIMES
Ian Rankin is a genius -- Lee Child
Rankin is streets ahead in the British police procedural writing field ― INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Britain's No.1 crime writer ― DAILY MIRROR
Ian Rankin is the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller of over thirty novels and creator of John Rebus. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been adapted for radio, the stage and the screen.
Rankin is the recipient of four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards, including the Diamond Dagger, the UK's most prestigious award for crime fiction. In the United States, he has won the celebrated Edgar Award and been shortlisted for the Anthony Award. In Europe, he has won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the German Deutscher Krimipreis.
He is the recipient of honorary degrees from universities across the UK, is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature, and has received an OBE for his services to literature.
- 出版社 : Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (2008/8/1)
- 発売日 : 2008/8/1
- 言語: : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 352ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0752883585
- ISBN-13 : 978-0752883588
- 寸法 : 13.3 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 647,129位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
出だしは最高。私は知らなかったのですが，Mary King's Closeという現在は地下になってしまった昔の町並みが殺人現場。途中，Belfastに出張しますが，ほとんどはPrinces通りとRoyal Ｍｉｌｅ付近。Summer Festivalの到来と同時に事件が始まり，最後はカールトン・ヒルから見るFestival最後の花火で終わる，という夏エジンバラを訪れた人にはなんとも言えない設定です。
In this book we are literally plunged into the depths of the Old Town, in Mary King’s Close, a street that had been sealed and buried beneath the Royal Mile to prevent the spread of an eighteenth century plague outbreak. A young man has been taken down into Mary King’s Close and murdered in a particularly brutal manner. John Rebus, drawing on his experiences as a soldier in Northern Ireland during the height of The Troubles, immediately recognises that the victim has been ‘six packed, a punishment doled out by paramilitary units on both sides of the divide.
Rebus is co-opted into a Scottish Crime Squad operation that is monitoring the rise in sectarian violence on the mainland, which allows Rankin to explore the tensions that still persisted in Scotland in the 1990s. Much of the action takes place in or around the fractious (and for once fictitious) Garibaldi housing estate, known as the Gar-B. A youth centre set up on the estate by the local Catholic church with a view to giving the local teenagers somewhere safe to go seems to have gone rogue. Asked by his old friend, Father Conor Leary, to investigate what is going on, Rebus finds himself in a completely different world, where religious prejudice is rife, and the graffiti over the Gar-B mirrors the hatred seen in housing estates across Belfast.
As always, Rankin’s characters are immensely believable, and the plot develops very plausibly. It is interesting to see Siobhan Clarke playing a very minor role – within two or three books she would become a major character, second only to Rebus himself in terms of her role in the stories. Once again, Edinburgh itself is almost a character in its own right, and there is even a cameo appearance from Maurice Gerald Cafferty (‘Big Ger’).
A strong addition to the Rebus canon.
Great work and a pleasure to read and become involved in for the length of the story.