A Heart Full of Headstones

Little, Brown. (Inspector Rebus, Bk. 24). Oct. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780316473637. $28. M
Rankin doesn’t disappoint with book 24 in his Edinburgh-set Rebus series (following A Song for the Dark Times). Retired cop John Rebus is on the wrong side of the courtroom this time—on trial for a crime that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life. Could “retired” gangster Big “Ger” Cafferty have played a part? Rebus is drawn again into a web of crime-filled Edinburgh. Cafferty orders Rebus to locate a former employee who absconded with a huge sum of Ger’s money, but had long since disappeared, presumed dead. Word on the street has Jack Oram very much alive and last seen at a local lettings office. Not buying Ger’s reasons for the search, but because long-standing debts must be paid, Rebus sets out. Meanwhile, Rebus’s long-suffering pal and protégée D.I. Siobhan Clarke investigates the murder of a fellow police officer who was found dead in a flat managed by the same lettings office. As Rebus and Clarke follow their separate paths, their cases intertwine. Prior misdeeds of Rebus and his contemporaries surface as the investigation continues.
VERDICT For the many fans of Rebus and those who enjoy gritty Scottish noir.
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