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This is Ian Rankin's latest book and it is not a Rebus book. He is a good enough writer that I decided I didn't care and went ahead and read it anyway.

 

At first, I didn't think I was going to end up liking it. It took him a little while to introduce the various characters and their relationships and some of it seemed a little pat. But for me, everything tightened up about a third of the way into the book and then it was fun to watch the inevitable outcome of what seemed to the characters to be a good plan. It is unlikely that any readers will see it as a good plan, but that's part of the fun. I was able to work out what was going on fairly early on, but I think that's what Rankin intended since he dropped many hints. The ending was very satisfying.

 

This didn't remind me so much of a Rebus book but of a Carl Hiassen book. I'm not sure how familar those of you in the UK are with Hiassen's books, although I just noted (in a Wikipedia article, where I was checking the spelling of his name) that a play based on his book Lucky You premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2008. Carl Hiassen's books often have complicated plots with over-the-top characters. I enjoy them a lot and this book was enjoyable in the same way.

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This didn't remind me so much of a Rebus book but of a Carl Hiassen book. I'm not sure how familar those of you in the UK are with Hiassen's books, although I just noted (in a Wikipedia article, where I was checking the spelling of his name) that a play based on his book Lucky You premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2008. Carl Hiassen's books often have complicated plots with over-the-top characters. I enjoy them a lot and this book was enjoyable in the same way.
Hiaasen could be best described as a cult figure in the UK, Binker. He's not a best seller but his books are fairly easily available. I've read half a dozen of them and think he's great although he's probably put me off visiting Florida for life!

 

I have Rankin's book on the pile and based on your review am looking forward to it now. I wasn't sure how Rankin would fare post-Rebus bit it sounds as if he's doing OK so far.

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I am actually from South Florida and my father was a biologist, so I find his books very familiar--but not really a completely accurate picture of the area. My parents' neighborhood was very hard hit by Hurricane Andrew and so the book Hiassen wrote after that about a huge hurricane hitting Miami was one of my favorites.

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