Song for the Dark Times
by Rankin, Ian

A thrilling new Rebus novel, from a master of mystery, is about crime, punishment and redemption. 50,000 first printing.

Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

*Starred Review* Like Louise Penny, Rankin consistently finds clever ways of involving his retired detective in new investigations. This time it's a late-night call from John Rebus' daughter, Samantha, that gets the former Edinburgh inspector's juices flowing. Samantha's husband has been missing for two days from their home in the north of Scotland, prompting Rebus to clamber into his aging auto and embark on the long drive up the coast to the coastal village of Tongue. What he finds there is a web of secrets and long-simmering resentments, involving both the residents of Tongue and Rebus' difficult relationship with his daughter. Samantha's husband, Keith, it turns out, had been researching the history of a WWII internment camp for German prisoners located near the village, in particular the murder of a prisoner from the camp. When Keith's body is eventually discovered, Samantha becomes the chief suspect, though Rebus works to connect this new murder to the decades-old crime. Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, Rebus' former partner, Siobhan Clarke, and fellow investigator Malcolm Fox are working a murder case of their own, one that may connect to the events in Tongue. Rankin hits on all cylinders here: he makes the most of the fascinating internment-camp story; he injects new life into the familiar mystery trope of an outside investigator roiling the surface calm of an insular community; and he continues to develop the rich interplay between Rebus and Clarke.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: As Tartan Noir grows in popularity, Rankin continues to lead the charge. His high-profile presence on social media will be particularly important in the pandemic era. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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