Mystery Monday | Even Dogs in the Wild (Inspector Rebus #20) by Ian Rankin

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Mystery Mondays is an occasional review feature here on Words of Mystery that showcases books in the mystery (and on occasion thriller) genre that we are currently reading and our thoughts on them. Feel free to comment and leave suggestions as to what we should read and review next.

Who is it by? Ian Rankin, is an internationally bestselling Scottish authour known for his Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox novels. He currently lives in Edinburgh with his family.

What is it about? Once again Rebus is retired, but he finds himself brought back in the game (sort of) as a consultant, when his old acquaintance Big Ger Cafferty is attacked. At the same time Detective Siobhan Clarke and DI Malcolm Fox are investigating the death of a senior lawyer. As the investigations on both cases continue, it appears that the two cases may be more closely linked than it first appears.


Where does it take place? Like most other Rebus novels, Even Dogs in the Wild is set mostly in Edinburgh though as with most cases there is travel to other areas nearby for investigation purposes.

Why did I like it? One of the most fascinating elements of the Rebus novels is the complicated relationship/friendship between Rebus and Big Ger Cafferty, a gangster who ran the underground world in Edinburgh. Even now with Rebus retired and Cafferty not as in the “game” as he was before, the two still have a deeply intriguing relationship which is explored further in this novel when Cafferty’s life is threatened. Another interesting theme that is woven through the novel are the various familial or familial-like relationships. It’s nice seeing Rebus look out for Siobhan even if she can take care of things herself. And Ian Rankin does an excellent job of exploring the numerous layers and complicated dynamics of the various father-son (or daughter) relationships in the book.

All and all, I loved how the book is gritty yet it still manages to keep things light on occasion with things such as a running gag of Rebus trying to find a home for the stray dog that follows him. It’s hilarious reading the scenes where he literally tries passing it on to everybody he meets in a majorly obvious manner while also reading about a dark case that involves a great deal of cover up and corruption. Thus, while Even Dogs in the Wild starts of slow, it eventually builds up to an intriguing case where once again the line between good and bad aren’t clearly drawn.

When is it out? November 5, 2015

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

2 thoughts on “Mystery Monday | Even Dogs in the Wild (Inspector Rebus #20) by Ian Rankin

  1. I’ve been struggling with whether I want to read this. I’ve never tried Rankin and the synopsis was rather bland like most series that have been going on long enough to establish it’s own fan base. I may read it though since apparently there’s at least some humor to brighten up such a heavy read.

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