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Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin

Fleshmarket Close (2004)

by Ian Rankin

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This was my first Rankin novel and it comes near the bottom of a long series. As a mystery I did not really find it gripping. There are really three stories here: The skeletons found under the pub floor, the runaway teenager and the murdered immigrant. They are tightly woven together and at times I was uncertain which thread was which.

They are all slow plodding plots with many characters, the names of which are forgettable or not, and it was hard to keep them straight. If you have read my reviews, I am certainly one for character development but my feeling is most of that development took place in the preceding novels. I like slow development but I want something that grips my imagination and that was lacking here for me.

I recognize that Rankin is using this novel as a comment on the issue of immigration. Personally, I would have rather focused on this thread totally rather than dividing my attention with the other threads. It would have been a much more interesting story for me.

They say that most police work is boring drudgery with flashes of action. This book certainly echoed that sentiment for me. I do like Rankin's detail and I may give him another chance in a stand-alone novel or perhaps the first of the series if I come across it, but as an introduction to his work... I was disappointed. ( )
  Lynxear | May 21, 2015 |
It is interesting to see what Rankin does with each book as he has Rebus explore various social issues that the author is clearly interested in. This one was about the slave labor conditions in Scotland of various illegal immigrants. Tragic stories usually. One is murdered and it leads to a tangled web of misdeeds by the people preying on these slaves. Excellent read. ( )
  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
"It could be nothing more than a ruthless and enterprising pub owner looking to create a local legend that will help lure trade. Or it could be something far worse - something as grisly as the death of a recent immigrant found brutally murdered at a local housing project, or the murder of Donald Cruikshank, a recently paroled rapist whose body is found just as a young woman goes missing. The missing girl is a friend of Inspector rebus's colleague Detective Siobhan Clarke, and Siobhan is shocked to find herself in the same intricate web of murderers as Rebus - all somehow tied to that pile of bones under Fleshmarket Alley." "In a race to stop the killings before more bodies turn up - even as the possibility of romantic entanglements distracts and entices them - rebus and Siobhan plumb the darkest corners of their beloved city and confront the lawless, conscienceless men who dwell there."--BOOK JACKET. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Cracking. Went out and got hold of a bunch more. ( )
  veracite | Apr 7, 2013 |
Skeletons in the basement of a pub, a dark-skinned man stabbed to death in a housing estate and a missing girl don't seem to have a lot in common until DI Rebus and DS Clarke get involved.

Rebus and Clarke have just been moved to a new police station but there is not a lot for them to do there and when other jurisdictions ask for their help, they are allowed to go providing they return if needed.

As usual with Ian Rankin's books there is lots of local colour from Edinburgh mixed in with the police procedures. At one point as I was reading, although I was physically sitting on a beach in BC I felt as though I was walking the streets with Rebus and Clarke.

Much of this book was involved with refugees and illegal immigrants seeking to remain in a safe country like Scotland. It's a scary world for many people and I thank God I was born in a wonderful country like Canada. ( )
  gypsysmom | Oct 4, 2012 |
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An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme: a racist attack, or something else entirely? Rebus is drawn into the case, but has other problems: his old police station has closed for business, and his masters would rather he retire than stick around. But Rebus is that most stubborn of creatures. As Rebus investigates, he must visit an asylum seekers' detention centre, deal with the sleazy Edinburgh underworld, and maybe even fall in love...Siobhan meanwhile has problems of her own. A teenager has disappeared from home and Siobhan is drawn into helping the family, which will mean travelling closer than is healthy towards the web of a convicted rapist. Then there's the small matter of the two skeletons - a woman and an infant - found buried beneath a concrete cellar floor in Fleshmarket Close. The scene begins to look like an elaborate stunt - but whose, and for what purpose? And how can it tie to the murder on the unforgiving housing-scheme known as Knoxland?

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Rebus investigates the murder of an illegal immigrant on a Edinburgh housing scheme. Meanwhile, Siobhan looks into the discovery of two skeletons found buried beneath a concrete cellar floor in Fleshmarket Close. The scene begins to look like an elaborate stunt - but whose, and for what purpose?… (more)

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