Last seen in ‘Exit Music’, published in 2007, the retired Inspector Rebus returns to his crime-solving best in this latest novel as he follows up leads in his new job with the cold-case unit in Edinburgh. His cantankerous manner and unique methods continue to bring him into conflict with his superiors, particularly this time with Malcolm Fox of the Edinburgh Police internal affairs unit, but they do bring results when everything else has failed.
When discussing the return of his hero of the 18 previous Rebus novels written over 20 years, Ian Rankin commented, “I felt there was unfinished business between the two of us. He had never really gone away but was working for Edinburgh’s cold case unit. And I knew I had a case that would be a perfect fit for him.”
I hope there are more to come!
Yes, my favourite crime writer does have another Kurt Wallander novel for us – the very last, we are told in a recent New Zealand Listener article. I haven’t read it yet, but we do have it on order, and I’m looking forward to reading it, even though this pleasure will be tinged with sadness at the thought of this being the very last time I will get to enjoy the sheer doggedness of the ageing Swedish Inspector Wallander as he does what he does so well – following his intuitions and solving crimes (see the Guardian review). – Mr F
This latest offering from popular Icelandic crime writer, Arnaldur Indridason, is certainly a fast-moving and very readable thriller. It involves a search for a missing German Junkers bomber which crash-landed on, then disappeared into the enormous Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland in 1945 during the last days of World War II. Upon its reappearance many years later it becomes the focus for top-secret and ruthless American military forces attempts to recover and remove it before its hidden secrets become public. For me, it was not the most impressive Indridason novel I’ve read, but there is certainly plenty of action for thriller lovers here.