Fleshmarket Alley is the 15th novel Ian Rankin has written about Inspector John Rebus and the dark and gloomy Edinburgh in which he lives and works.
The novel is economically written, with a great ear for dialogue and an exquisite feel for the psychology of people on the edge, whether they are burned-out cops, desperate asylum-seekers, or criminals having their plots stymied.
Add to that the novelty of the novel taking place in a well-drawn and bleak Edinburgh, and it’s a grand success.
Many more Inspector Rebus novels are winging their way to The Core Dump from Amazon as we speak. Great stuff.
A note to Little, Brown and Company, the American publisher of the Inspector Rebus novels: Most sane people want to begin reading a series from the beginning, so it might be a good idea if you could list the other novels in the series in, oh, I don’t know, chronological order?
Please don’t make it hard for your customers to purchase your merchandise.
Posted Sunday, 19 February, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.