Just started the latest John Rebus by Ian Rankin…In a House of Lies, or some such.
Rebus is pretty much fully retired now, and suffering from emphysema, or COPD, and his long-time offsider, Siobhan Clarke, is working on the discovery of a body in a boot hidden in a wood. Of course, Rebus was 2IC on the original case and can’t help sticking his oar in. His former adversary, Malcolm Fox, who was in The Complaints (the Scottish Internal Affairs), has stuck his head above the parapet too.
Rebus has been the subject of two TV series, the first with John Hannah (Four Weddings, Spartacus) but he was too pretty, and the second with a much more suitable Ken Stott, who plays the grumpy Edinburgh curmudgeon pretty well.
Rankin is said to live in the same very swish neighbourhood as J K Rowling and Alexander McCall Smith. He’s another one of those authors I’ve been reading for 25 years. Some have slowed, some have stopped, some have died, but Rankin, Connelly etc put out their one or two a year.
There’s also a new Jane Harper out…an Australian author who wrote The Dry…one of the new genre of Outback Noir. Don’t think this is related to her first two books.