In A House Of Lies by Ian Rankin Orion October 4th 2018
In a house of lies, who can ever know the truth?
IN A HOUSE OF LIES…
Everyone has something to hide
A missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still – both for his family and the police – is that his body was in an area that had already been searched.
Everyone has secrets
Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now – after a decade without answers – it’s time for the truth.
Nobody is innocent
Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead – and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus.
Why oh why have I waited so long to read Ian Rankin and his Rebus series?
I loved this novel and I loved meeting Rebus, even if he was now retired, letting DI Siobhan Clarke take the lead. That is not to say the Rebus didn’t have a role to play, in fact, he was always loitering in the background itching to get back in on the action.
DI Clarke was not perfect, the actions of her past lingered into her present case, the shadow of internal affairs knocked at her door, even threatening Rebus. What I liked about Clarke was her tenaciousness, her determination and her ability to get tough when she needed to.
There were two strands to the novel, two crimes, and at first no obvious links until certain characters and their action began to blur the lines. Rankin handled the strands with great skill, the complexities never confusing but deliciously intriguing.
Even though this was the first time I had met Rebus, I instantly loved him, he played the role of interfering retired copper to perfection, his wisdom and tactics procuring results where modern policing seemed to fail. His dog Brillo perfectly suited his personality and made for an apt and likeable, but, definitely not cute sidekick.
What Rankin appears to do very well is to make an obvious crime novel read almost like a contemporary novel. There are no flashing police sirens, no fast moving pace, instead Rankin digs deep to the very heart of his characters and indeed the storyline, his narrative is just superb. It is a novel to read at leisure and to enjoy the quality of a master author at work.
About the author
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four CWA Daggers including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America’s celebrated Edgar Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2’s Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin’s Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a No.1 bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.