Mortal Causes

Mortal Causes

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
From behind bars, an Irish paramilitary gangster vows revenge when his son is brutally tortured and murdered, luring Inspector John Rebus into Northern Ireland to prevent a bloodbath

Blackwell North Amer
Inspector John Rebus hates the Edinburgh Festival. He especially hates that last Saturday night. He has spent years on the police force confronting it, avoiding it, and cursing it, but most of the time he still gets caught up in it. Nevertheless, this is an honored tradition of Scotland, and a happy one at that. But amid the blaring noise created by the music, laughter, and toasts of "Slainte" as glasses of whiskey are swilled, another tradition - one older than music, happiness, and drink itself - has traveled to Edinburgh and nested itself in the medieval quarter of Mary King's Close. There, beneath the streets of Edinburgh, Inspector Rebus finds the lifeless body of Billy Cunningham swinging from a butcher's hook and knows that his problems have only begun.
When Big Ger Cafferty, the ruthless gangster whose sphere of influence extends well beyond the bars that the Inspector himself put him behind, discovers that Bill, his only son, has been brutally murdered, Rebus finds himself with more motivation than his duty can provide to find Billy's killer. But when the police pathologist reports that the young man was killed by professional hands, Rebus finds himself up against a force that could frighten Big Ger himself.

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& Taylor

From behind bars, an Irish paramilitary gangster vows revenge when his son is brutally tortured and murdered, luring Inspector John Rebus into the killing fields of Northern Ireland to prevent a bloodbath. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1995
ISBN: 9780684814971
0684814978
Branch Call Number: F RAN
Characteristics: 278 p. : 24 cm

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A bit more gruesome than Rankin's usual fare but gives us an interesting military background for Rebus and some early on the ground insight into the Irish troubles as they leaked into Scotland's crime scene. It is a shame now north american funding for this civil war kept the violence going. A good read as always.

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rahmmie
Feb 08, 2012

It was okay but I didn't like it nearly as much as the previous one. Maybe it was because Holmes and Clark, Rebus's sidekicks, were basically absent in this one

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ski4ever
Oct 24, 2007

Great detective story.

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