University student Phillipa Balfour, son of a prominent Edinburgh banker, has disappeared, and most of the police frenetically searching for her believe her to be dead. As the search grows more desperate, Inspector Rebus finds what he believes is evidence of a serial killer who has been operating undetected in Scotland for a long time, and who may be responsible for Phillipa Balfour’s disappearance.
Or he could be imagining things.
[The Falls](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thecoredump-20%26link_code=xm2%26camp=2025%26creative=165953%26path=http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html%253fASIN=0312982402%2526tag=thecoredump-20%2526lcode=xm2%2526cID=2025%2526ccmID=165953%2526location=/o/ASIN/0312982402%25253FSubscriptionId=02ZH6J1W0649DTNS6002) takes Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series to yet another level, with a byzantine and realistic plot and fine-tuned and gritty details of police investigations, including the internal politics and personal relationships between the people whose jobs and sometimes obsessions are to delve into the painful secrets of other people.
As a continuation of the series, The Falls is another triumph—Rankin just keeps getting better and better. In this installation he is turning more attention away from John Rebus and shifting it to his sometimes-unwilling protege Siobhan (shi-wavn) Clarke and how she copes with being a woman in a male-dominated and testosterone-driven profession, as well as how Rebus is rubbing off on her.
Clarke is emerging as a character just as finely penciled as the enigmatic Rebus, and just as fascinating to follow.
With The Falls, Ian Rankin continues to impress.
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Posted Thursday, 15 June, 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.