Exit Music

If I’m going to have to work for the rest of my life, the decent thing for Ian Rankin, author of Exit Music to do, is to make his misanthropic fictional hero Detective Inspector John Rebus work for the rest of his life.  http://is.gd/aMsaf

Or at least keep cranking out the books until I am too feeble to read.

Exit Music is rumored to be the swan song of DI Rebus, the popular hero of 18 Rankin mysteries.  I have loved the series so much, I certainly hope that is not the case.

This is a police procedural mystery set in Edinburgh.  There is the wonderful returning cast including DS Siobhan Clarke and the aging gangster Morris Gerald “Big Ger” Cafferty.

A Russian poet is found dead in the street.  What appears to be a simple mugging, upon investigation, leads to Russian investors, executives of a large Scottish bank and Big Ger right in the middle of things.  Days before retirement, investigating what may be his last case, Rebus characteristically get himself into hot water with the department hierarchy and suspended.

DS Clarke takes over the lead of the investigation with Rebus staying in touch.  Rankin has done a wonderful job of developing Clarke – she is a wonderfully faceted character who loves and respects Rebus but is constantly frustrated with him and worried that her partnership with him over the years may hurt her career opportunities.  She’s every bit as interesting as Rebus.

I certainly hope this isn’t the last glimpse of Rebus and that Rankin has many adventures in store for Clarke.