Even Dogs in the Wild – Ian Rankin


Now this is how to write a novel: interesting characters, plot, and pacing, intriguing strands of misdirection, authentic setting, and just enough action and violence to raise the threat level without reaching the gory heights of overkill. And that’s what you get in this book.

For me, reading Even Dogs in the Wild was like settling into old, well worn, and comfortable shoes: there was a sense of familiarity, and relaxation, enhanced by the warm glow of satisfaction. In the book, you might say that the two male leads – Rebus and Fox – are the slippers, because they are, indeed, familiar characters. This time around, Rebus – having retired – is on the outside, but asked back in to help with the case of a lawyer brutally murdered in his own home. From then on, the plot thickens, as the forces of law and order try to work out what is going on, why it’s going on, and who is behind the killing. At the same time, the forces of crime and corruption – Ger Cafferty and Darryl Christie – are dealing with their own investigation, as a Glasgow gang may be about to challenge the Edinburgh crew on their own turf.

The writing is economical, and well crafted. There is never a dull moment. The book delivers on all fronts. Highly recommended.