The Falls (Inspector John Rebus Series #12)

The Falls (Inspector John Rebus Series #12)

by Ian Rankin

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The Falls (Inspector John Rebus Series #12) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Holmesfan More than 1 year ago
Arguably the greatest literary Detective by a living mystery writer. Detective Inspector John Rebus is hard boiled, self destructive, and on a tear after sick sadistic criminals. Ian Rankin's police procedurals are among the best I've ever read and "The Falls" is no exception. Single malts cost extra.
nakmeister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rebus Book 11An Edinburgh student, daughter of a wealthy and influencial banking family, goes missing. There is no signs of struggle, no ransom demands, nothing. She simply fails to turn up to meet some friends, and isn¿t seen again. Inspector Rebus, assisted by Siobhan Clarke is on the case, at least for now, but the only clues to the missing girl are an internet roleplaying game and a tiny wooden coffin found near her home, eerily similar to a set of small coffins found on an Edinburgh hillside in 1836¿This is the first Ian Rankin book I¿ve read, though it¿s one of his more recent novels, and I have to say I am very impressed. I¿ve not read widely in the murder mystery/detective thriller genre, so find it difficult to compare to similar books, but it is excellently written, gripping and fascinating. The use of the internet role-playing game as a major plot device was very welcomed, adding a very modern edge to the book. Highly recommended.
Heptonj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favourite Inspector Rebus books to date (I have not read them in order). The interaction and relationships between the different characters is excellent with a few sub-plots thrown in for good measure.When the daughter of a wealthy banker goes missing all the stops are pulled out to find her. The finding of a small coffin with a doll in it sends Rebus on what seems to be a wild goose chase and 'Quizmaster' has Siobhan and her partner chasing their tails to solve the computer clues he sets, convinced that the game level 'Hellbank' will disclose what happened to the missing girl. In the meantime DCS Templar, ACC Carswell and DC Hood all seem to have their own agendas. Throw in a retired professor of pathology and you have a real melting-pot.If you are a fan of Inspector Rebus, this is a must-read.
Scrabblenut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this mystery. A young woman goes missing, leaving clues from "Quizmaster" on her computer. Siobhan starts communicating with this Quizmaster and gets caught up in the game. Excellent.
kevinashley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first crime novel I've ever read, and an interesting and easy read - almost too easy and not as rewarding as I had hoped it might be. I can imagine really enjoying a TV dramatisation of this story, and somehow the cliches might not seem so obvious and the characters more captivating. That's not to say it was dull (it wasn't). I'll try one of the earlier Rebus's before making up my mind about this.
DowntownLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ian Rankin is clearly in the first rank of living mystery writers. Do not miss him!
brakketh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A decent by the numbers crime novel. A little too easy to see who the killers were.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nothing is ever simple in an Ian Rankin book, particularly not in a Rebus title. A complexity of inter-tangled plot lines introduce a plethora of interesting characters, romance for Rebus, and some topical issues mixed in with a little local history.I get the feeling THE FALLS was written specifically to delight Edinburgh residents. The missing student has been playing an online game with complex cryptic clues. The answers are places to be found in or near Edinburgh.We listened to THE FALLS in weekly episodes of about 2 hours at a time. In that sort of regime, the possibility of forgetting plot elements is fairly high. One of the things I found a bit frustrating is that, as always with an audio book, it is difficult to thumb back and check up on some information you barely remember.Nevertheless an enthralling story
icolford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Falls finds the intrepid John Rebus and cohorts on the trail of two killers: after a new murder Rebus stumbles on a series of apparently connected older killings. Rankin spins his compelling and entertaining tale within the familiar precincts of Edinburgh and environs. This book is everything we have come to expect of Rankin and Rebus: an ingeniously constructed mystery and characters that come to life on the page. Who could ask for more?
adriel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A typical british detective mystery done as a radio drama. Short, somewhat hard to follow at times, but still a fun read because of the dramatic elements.
pw0327 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In my review of the last installment of the Inspector Rebus novel, Set in Darkness: An Inspector Rebus NovelI got the distinct impression that Inspector Rebus was going spiral out of control. he may still, but this novel, as dark and forbidding as most of these novels have been, shows a glimpse of light. At the beginning of this novel, Rebus' old boss, "Farmer" Watson, has retired and his former lover Gill Templeton has taken over. The situation is awkward, as can be expected, add upon that the disappearance of the daughter of a prominent banker, and various mythical clues, you have a thoroughly involving book. The mysteries themselves are really quite well plotted and convoluted. An excellent challenge for the reader. There are enough juicy tidbits about the protagonists, mainly Rebus and Clarke, that you are kept on pins and needles. The other characters have been built up within the series such that you slowly begin to integrate them into your consciousness. Rankin should be rightfully proud of how he has slowly built a world of Rebus in our minds. One of the most fascinating things about the series is how Rebus' mind works and how his obstinacy and will to do things his way affects the way he works on these mysteries. There were always signs that Siobhan Clarke, rebus' partner for the last few adventures have become Rebus' legacy of rebus to the Edinburgh police. Yet, she does things her own way too, much to the exasperation of Rebus. That is the beauty of the series, every main character grows and evolves in their own way. The evolution is gradual, almost by happenstance and never seems forced or willful. It is as if Rankin wants to do this carefully, slowly. Rankin will probably make a liar out of me by snuffing Rebus out in a hail of gunfire or some such silliness, but it feels like this would soon become the Rebus and Clarke series. Great plotting, dense mysteries, complex characters, social historical analysis of Edinburgh and Scotland, a wee tour of the pubs in Edinburgh, what more can you ask for.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
For two days Philippa ¿Flip¿ Balfour has been missing, which is so out of character for the student, the police are already involved. Now it might be that the influence of her powerful father led to the early investigation by Edinburgh Inspector John Rebus.

He quickly uncovers two potential clues. One is hand carved wooden doll in a small coffin and the other is Flip¿s love of participating in an Internet role playing game. John tracks the dark history of the small coffins while Detective Constable Siobhan Clarke joins the Internet crowd that Flip had belonged to before vanishing. Though information is collected on both fronts, progress on the case is slow and the police have not found the link tying the two clues together, leaving this missing person investigation look more like another one for the unsolved files.

The latest John Rebus tale contains all the right stuff that has made this one of the best on going police procedural series on the market today. John and the support cast remain fresh due to little things happening to them and around them such as a thirty-year retirement of a peer. The story line combines historical and present Edinburgh, Internet technology, and the usual clues, puns, and puzzles so that the audience walks along side Rebus as he investigates. Ian Rankin will rank among the top of all the bestseller lists with this entertaining tale.

Harriet Klausner