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Dead Souls (1999)

de Ian Rankin

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Stalking a poisoner at the local zoo, Inspector John Rebus comes across a paedophile taking pictures of children. When the social workers claim he is there for legitimate educational reasons, Rebus is faced with a dilemma - should he be outed to protect local kids or given a chance to start anew? As the locals begin a hate campaign he gets a call from the past: the son of a friend has gone missing and no one else will make time to ask the right questions. And then a fragment of Scotland's criminal history is repatriated at the end of a life sentence for murder. Once more Rebus's cup of trouble runneth over and the ghosts of past misdeeds return to haunt Edinburgh's streets.… (mais)
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3-1/2 stars. Would have been an easy 4 stars except for the ending, which left me unsatisfied on a good few of the various plot lines carried throughout this book. But that's how life goes for John Rebus! We learn more about his back story here as well. ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
This book starts a little slow and there are too many storylines to keep track of. Once this gets sorted it becomes a typical John Rebus story.
Unfortunately too much is left a bit unresolved at the end. ( )
  zmagic69 | Mar 26, 2024 |
One of the best Rebus books ( )
  BernsW | Dec 18, 2023 |
Many strands weave together in this complex story where Rebus must balance multiple cases and also face up to some of his own flaws. Early in the story he encounters a paedophile who has been released from jail and, discovering that he has been housed on an estate in a flat overlooking the children's playground, "outs" him to the neighbourhood, ultimately with tragic consequencies despite Rebus' guilt ridden attempts to help. Meanwhile, a high profile case of historical child abuse is currently on trial with possible connections.

Rebus is asked for help by two old school friends whose son has gone missing in suspicious circumstances, and has to resist the draw of a rekindled attraction to the mother, Janice. He is also troubled by the apparent suicide of a colleague who appeared to 'have it all' with a loving family and a rapid rise in the police career structure, in total contrast to Rebus. And to finally add to his problems, a serial killer and sociopath is released from custody in the USA and heads for Edinburgh to settle old scores - Rebus' role in keeping surveillance on this man leads to his becoming a target for the man's manipulative behaviour and draws into the killer's ambit three women who are significant to Rebus: Janice, Rebus' girlfriend Patience, and his daughter, still recovering from the accident in a previous book which left her unable to walk.

A complex book which manages to keep all the plates spinning and portrays a truly chilling sociopathic character, keeping the suspense level high. The only thing I missed is the relationship with Siobhan, Rebus' colleague, who has only a bit part in this book. So a 4 star rating overall. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
DI John Rebus is asked by old school friends to look into the disappearance of their son; unfortunately he is an adult and therefore not eligible to be listed as a missing person, but Rebus agrees to look into the matter. At the same time, he becomes aware of a pedophile living in a housing estate where children abound, and a serial killer has somehow been released from prison in the United States and come “home” to Edinburgh, where he has unfinished business…. As is frequently the case with the Rebus series, there are multiple situations in “Dead Souls” that turn out to be at least tangentially related; I only described three of the half-dozen or so story lines in this book. I find Rebus alternately exasperating and touching; here, he’s a bit more of the former rather than the latter, but Mr. Rankin’s writing is compelling and that keeps me hooked because I always want to find out What Happens Next. By this point in the series (the 10th I think), it is probably best to have read all of the previous books in order to understand the many complex relationships that Rebus has, both with place and with characters; that said, recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Jan 11, 2023 |
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Stalking a poisoner at the local zoo, Inspector John Rebus comes across a paedophile taking pictures of children. When the social workers claim he is there for legitimate educational reasons, Rebus is faced with a dilemma - should he be outed to protect local kids or given a chance to start anew? As the locals begin a hate campaign he gets a call from the past: the son of a friend has gone missing and no one else will make time to ask the right questions. And then a fragment of Scotland's criminal history is repatriated at the end of a life sentence for murder. Once more Rebus's cup of trouble runneth over and the ghosts of past misdeeds return to haunt Edinburgh's streets.

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